Ford is looking to shake any negative experiences or memories related to the infotainment system with the all new Sync 3. Gone is the four quadrant layout of previous generations. Instead, there is a more obvious function layout operated via a new 8-inch touch screen and all-new supporting hardware.
Ford is bringing several feature improvements to make Sync 3 a simpler and faster experience. The screen allows for pinch-zoom and finger scrolling capability. The navigation search is now a single box, just as you would find on Google search. There is enough computing power for the system to predict what you might be searching for as you start to type or talk.
Speech recognition now allows for a more conversational interaction. You can say “Find an Address” at the top level and tell the system the location in a more natural way. The system no longer requires exact or complete names. It will attempt to search for a partial name for a point of interest. There is even Apple Siri integration.
Sync 3 is not backward compatible to older vehicles. Ford has not said which vehicles will be getting the new system or the exact date. All we know is that the system is coming “sometime in 2015” and will end up in approximately 60% of new Fords by the end of 2015.
Custom applications are now much more visible. For example, the Pandora radio application is located on the Audio tab next to AM, FM, and Satellite. Ford will release the Application SDK for third-parties to create additional applications.
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