Ford has released a software update for SYNC-equipped vehicles going as far back as the 2011 models. This software update will allow at least 5 million cars with the Apple iPhone to use it with the Siri Eyes-Free capability. Sherif Marakby shares that SYNC was originally designed not just to be flexible but also to be open to updates.
This will allow customers to get the most of their smartphones even while driving. Marakby is currently the director of Ford’s Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. By adding the Siri Eyes-Free feature, it provides additional convenience and even enables the customers to keep their eyes on the road while driving, Marakby concludes.
To activate Siri and the Siri Eyes-Free feature, all the driver needs to do is press the voice recognition button located on the steering wheel. This is the same process that one does when activating Siri on their iPhone. Once activated, the driver can ask Siri to look up phone numbers of places of interest or even make calls from the contacts listed on the address book.
Drivers can even set reminder alarms or if planning a long trip, ask for the weather conditions or get direction with the use of Apple Maps. For those who want a relaxing drive, Siri can be used to select then play music. Finally for those who are interested in calls, it is also possible to send and receive any text messages audibly.
For those who are interested to see how the Siri Eyes-Free works with the MyFord Touch, just visit their site. Ford discloses that this software update is available only for cars that carry the second generation SYNC which has been installed in models 2011 up to 2016.
The SYNC is called as the MyFord Touch for the North American market. The update can be downloaded through the link http://owner.ford.com/. The capability of SYNC to get software updates has long had a significant part in Ford’s connectivity strategy.
This strategy has been speeded up with the brand’s Ford Smart Mobility. Under this, the company intends to take connectivity, mobility, customer experience, and even data and analytics to a whole new level. SYNC is currently the world leader in entertainment and communications system.
It is in more than 12 million vehicles across the world. Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford Motor Company is in the business of manufacturing and distributing automobiles in six continents. The company employs 197,000 employees in 67 plants across the world. The company’s many brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company also offers financial services with the Ford Motor Credit Company.