Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch featuring WiFi connectivity to debut on 2012 Focus

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 2, 2011

Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch technology is set to make its debut in the United Kingdom next year, turning the all-new Ford Focus into a moving WiFi hot spot. Owners of the Ford Focus will be the first to experience the advantages of SYNC’s class-leading connectivity. The system will be rolled out to several other Ford units after its debut on the global C-segment model.

With an existing Smartphone or USB modem, a secure wireless connectivity is made possible throughout the vehicle, allowing passengers with WiFi-enabled gadgets to access the Internet. Up to five devices can utilize the WiFi connectivity easily and conveniently.

The SYNC’s wide range potential will allow Ford to offer everyone a level of Internet access that was recently only available to owners of expensive luxury vehicles.

This means that in-car Internet access will no longer be a feature available only to chauffeur-driven executives. The ever growing popularity and availability of WiFi-enabled devices mean that passengers of Ford can stay on top of the latest news, keep in touch with friends and play the latest games online anytime while on the move.

Ford’s chief engineer for electronic and electrical systems, Christof Kellerwessel, stated that the company is becoming a personal technology automaker as well. The company has found that Ford passengers are tech savvy, wanting to use their WiFi-capable gadgets while on the move.

For these individuals, a reliable in-car connection to the Internet is of utmost importance, and that’s what SYNC can offer when it makes it launch on the Ford Focus in 2012. Kellerwessel added that the SYNC with MyFord Touch will offer mobile connectivity to Ford customers. Also, everyone in a vehicle equipped with the SYNC can make the connection at no additional expense.

A big benefit of having the SYNC with MyFord Touch WiFi is that customers can use different USB devices and this removes the need to buy equipment that have to be compatible. With the use of software updates, SYNC makes sure that the system continues to be compatible even with the most current devices and hardware. With SYNC in their vehicles, customers will be able to use any smartphone or USB mobile broadband modem.

It is possible to do this even if said devices have yet to be released on the market. Kellerwessel shared that the company knew from the start that its connectivity solution would need to be up-to-date in order to keep up with the advances of consumer electronics. The brand also knew that it had to be both upgradeable and flexible so as to be useful as long as customers have their vehicles. Meanwhile its WiFi capability continues to be a user-friendly solution that allows Ford vehicles to connect to the internet even when on the move. Ford revealed that this system will be factory-installed and integrated to the hardware.

This is better compared to the internet connection systems from other automakers which use a transmitter and bolt-in receiver. This system will arrive in 2012 inside the Ford Focus. The WiFi does not require any subscription fee and can offer connections for a maximum of five devices. What this means is that the SYNC with MyFord Touch is sure to make the Ford Focus as the best connected vehicle in its segment. Kellerwessel revealed that with the SYNC, customers can use a USB modem device or even get an internet connection by using a smartphone through Bluetooth.

What this means is that the SYNC delivers to Ford customers the best when it comes to flexibility and value, he continued. In addition, with the SYNC WiFi system, a signal is then broadcasted all over the vehicle. The system has a default security and this has been set to the WiFi Protected Access 2 or WPA2.

All that’s needed to connect to the internet is for users to put in the randomly chosen password. Further, once the SYNC identifies a new WiFi device that is trying to connect for the first time, the driver has to give permission for that device to connect. With this, any unauthorized users are prevented from piggybacking on the signal.

Press Release


- Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch featuring WiFi connectivity to debut on new Focus in 2012, signaling a new era of in-car technology in the UK
- SYNC with MyFord Touch will create a password-protected WiFi hotspot inside the vehicle allowing up to five WiFi enabled devices to connect
- Utilising customers' existing USB modem or compatible Smartphone* will mean no subscription and no additional expense

Brentwood, Essex, 3 MAY 2011– The all-new Ford Focus will be transformed into a rolling WiFi hot spot when Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch technology makes its UK debut next year.

Ford Focus owners will be the first in the UK to benefit from SYNC's class-leading connectivity, which will be rolled out to several other Ford vehicles following its debut on the new global C-segment model.

By using an owners' existing USB modem or Smartphone, the SYNC-equipped Focus will be able to deliver a secure wireless connection that can be broadcast throughout the vehicle. Passengers with any WiFi-enabled device can then easily connect and access the internet. All this allows for simple, easy to use WiFi connectivity on the move for up to five devices.

Using SYNC's far reaching connectivity potential, Ford will offer individuals and families a level of in-car internet access that was until recently only available to the owners of considerably more expensive vehicles.

In-car internet access is no longer only demanded by chauffeur-driven executives. The increasing availability and popularity of WiFi compatible devices means that, as long as there is a data connection brought into the car, Ford passengers will be able to stay in contact with friends, keep abreast of the news and even play the latest games on the move and at all times.

"Ford is an automaker that is quickly becoming a personal technology company as well," says Christof Kellerwessel, chief engineer for electronic and electrical systems. "We're finding that Ford customers are tech savvy and – while travelling as passengers in cars – they want to be able to use their WiFi enabled devices while on the move.

"A reliable in-car internet connectionis therefore extremely important to them, and that's exactly what SYNC will offer when it makes its UK debut on the Ford Focus in 2012. SYNCwith MyFord Touch will offer rolling connectivity to Ford customers and everyone in a SYNC-equipped car can benefit at no additional expense."

Upgradeable and secure

One of the main advantages of the SYNC with MyFord Touch WiFi system is that it will allow customers to make use of a variety of USB devices, eliminating the need to purchase specifically compatible equipment. SYNC will use software updates to ensure it remains compatible with the latest hardware and devices, so customers can be sure that their SYNC-equipped vehicles will always allow them to make use of whatever USB mobile broadband modem or smartphone they are using – even devices that have yet to go on the market.

"We knew from the beginning that our connectivity solution would have to keep pace with the rapid advancement of consumer electronics and be flexible and upgradeable in order to remain useful to customers for as long as they own their vehicles," Kellerwessel said.

SYNC's WiFi capability will be a user-friendly solution to connecting Ford vehicles to the internet on the move. When it arrives on the new Ford Focus in 2012, the factory-installed system will seamlessly integrate the hardware into the vehicle, unlike internet connection systems from some manufacturers that require a bolt-in receiver and transmitter. With no subscription fee and the ability to provide a secure WiFi connection for up to five devices, SYNC with MyFord Touch will make the Ford Focus the best connected vehicle in its class.

"Because it will be able to make use of a customer's existing USB modem device or obtain a connection through a smartphone connected via Bluetooth, SYNC will offer the best value and flexibility for Ford customers," Kellerwesselsaid.

Using the SYNC WiFi system, a signal will be broadcast throughout the vehicle. Default security is set to WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), requiring users to enter a randomly chosen password to connect to the internet. When SYNC sees a new WiFi device for the first time, the driver must specifically allow that device to connect, preventing unauthorised users from "piggybacking" on the SYNC-provided signal.

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