Ford recently previewed the next-generation of its SYNC communications and entertainment system. According to the company, SYNC 4 is faster, easier, simpler and has twice the computing power of SYNC 3. It features cloud-based connectivity and conversational voice recognition that make navigation, music and connecting vehicle to smartphone easier.
Some of the features of the system are:
Ford’s new SYNC 4 system will feature different looks and capabilities depending on the vehicle, screen size and customer needs. On all-new available 12-inch screens, multi-tasking will be enabled by splitting the screen into larger and smaller windows. With large 15.5-inch screens, SYNC 4 features the addition of Adaptive Dash Cards, recently used or popular features are listed horizontally underneath the main portion of the screen in individual dash cards. These cards display helpful information such as the next step on your route, but they are interactive as well.
Cloud connectivity comes standard to SYNC 4. Navigation is fully connected to the internet. Maps are frequently refreshed with the latest available traffic and construction information, ensuring customers are getting the most up-to-date info for their routes. Ford also equipped SYNC 4 with optional navigation with the ability to share parking space availability and prices. By taking advantage of state-of-the-art, cloud-based voice processing, it can understand conversational requests.
While SYNC 4 will rely heavily on the cloud, it will still retain on-board processing power to minimize performance issues in dead zones. Using machine learning capability also means SYNC 4 can automatically learn preferences and make helpful suggestions at the right time based on previous usage.
Ford is also enabling wireless implementation of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as SYNC AppLink apps such as Waze or Ford+Alexa. Customers will continue to be able to use both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to enable simultaneous operation of in-vehicle entertainment and mobile device navigation while providing calls, music, and other features to be controlled through the vehicle’s display. There is also Available wireless charging capability for smartphones.
SYNC 4 customers also will be able to take full advantage of SiriusXM with 360L allowing customers to choose from thousands of hours of on demand shows, performances and interviews.
Source: Press Release, Ford