Ford’s Sync will turn vehicles in Wi-Fi hot spots

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Due next year is the next generation of Ford Motor Co.'s Sync infotainment system that will turn vehicles into Wi-Fi hot spots. All that the occupants have to do is insert a mobile broadband modem (also known as an air card) into a USB port in the vehicle.

Once a connection is established, they can use their existing service plans and their own portable devices (laptops or smart phones) to go onto the Internet.

However, those who have the current version of Sync won't be able to upgrade to the next generation. General Motors Co., Chrysler Group and Volkswagen AG have actually beaten Ford in providing Wi-Fi services in some of their US vehicles.

These 3 carmakers are using routers supplied by San Francisco's Autonet Mobile. The router costs about $500, with service plans starting at $29 a month.

Sync is available throughout most of Ford's lineup. It comes standard on Lincolns and on top-of-the-line Ford and Mercury vehicles while other vehicles offer it as a $395 option.

Most services are free. Ford introduced Sync at the International Consumer Electronics Show in 2007. What Sync basically does is to allow hands-free operation of cell phones and portable music players.

In 2008, Ford added the feature of getting vehicle-diagnostic reports, as well as 911 Assist, which automatically notifies emergency services if a vehicle is involved in a serious crash.

Last year, Ford gave Sync users access to real-time traffic, directions and information such as news, sports and weather. Similar to 911 Assist, the traffic, directions and information service relays information through a mobile phone, which has to be paired with Sync.

For the first three years of vehicle ownership, getting traffic, directions and information is free but costs $60 a year afterward.

Topics: ford, sync

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Fans and enthusiasts of the BMW M2 in the United States could now rejoice. This comes as their favorite BMW M2 is getting a limited edition version as prepped by...
by - February 20, 2017
Carmakers usually leave us thirsty for information on whether they would introduce a new, refreshed or face-lifted vehicle and on when they intend to launch it. There are reasons for...
by - February 20, 2017
Cadillac’s CT6 full-size prestige-luxury sedan is still somewhat new. It has been offered to the global auto market for two model years – 2016 and 2017. But for those who...
by - February 19, 2017
In many industries, it is the rivalries that make things exciting. In basketball for example, there is the well-known rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics. For...
by - February 19, 2017
Now on sale in several major markets around the world including Europe, the BMW 5 Series (G30) heralds the arrival of the new seventh generation and represents a whole new...
by - February 19, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries