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.