The moment has finally arrived. Ford announced recently that SYNC 3 will be making its debut in the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Ford Fiesta. The SYNC 3 platform has been completely overhauled from the previous MyFord Touch program. It is based on Blackberry’s QNX architecture rather than the Microsoft-based operating system that MyFord Touch used. The result is a system that has addressed every concern raised by Ford drivers about MyFord Touch’s functionality.
SYNC 3 introduces a new level of integration between your Ford vehicle and your smartphone. The voice recognition software is more intuitive and responsive than ever before, and with SYNC AppLink, you can control numerous compatible apps with voice commands. Bluetooth Audio streams music straight from your smartphone and responds to voice commands to select the music you want to listen to. Apple iPhone users will also enjoy the Siri Eyes-Free function, which allows the driver to access Siri by holding down the Push to Talk button on their steering wheel.
The interface has been completely redesigned as well. The capacitive touch screen functions like a smartphone or tablet screen, with greatly improved responsiveness and intuitive gesture control that mirrors those used on a mobile device. Navigating through various functions has been streamlined to minimize the time your eyes are off the road as much as possible. As hectic as traffic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can get, this is definitely a welcome change.
SYNC 3 also functions as an active safety feature. In the event of a collision, SYNC’s subscription-free 911 Assist feature connects to emergency services even if you are unable to make the call. Your Ford vehicle’s location transmits directly to first responders, as well as the conditions of the crash. SYNC will inform emergency services of the conditions surrounding the accident so that the proper resources are sent to assist you.
SYNC 3 can also download updates via Wi-Fi. No longer will you have to travel to your local Dallas-area Ford dealership to update your infotainment system. Just connect to a Wi-Fi network and download the updates directly to your Ford. SYNC 3 is built from the ground up to provide a seamless and intuitive user experience, and it will make Ford vehicles that much more fun to drive. The 2016 Escape and 2016 Fiesta arrive at dealerships later this year, so be ready to visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX and explore the vast potential of SYNC 3.