Ford is releasing today a new software update for more than 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicles dating back to the 2011 model year. The update is designed to add more convenience for Apple iPhone users with Siri Eyes-Free capability.
“SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” said Sherif Marakby, director of Ford electronics and electrical systems engineering. “Siri Eyes-Free is another great voice-activated feature that not only adds convenience but helps our customers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar to activating Siri on an iPhone. Drivers can use just their voice to ask Siri for requests including: making phone calls to contacts in their address book, looking up phone numbers for restaurants or other points of interest, setting a reminder or alarm, asking about the weather, select and play music, audibly send and receive text messages and getting directions through Apple Maps.
The new software update is available for vehicles equipped with the second generation of SYNC, known as MyFord Touch in North America, ranging from model years 2011 to 2016.
The simple, downloadable update will be available through http://owner.ford.com/.
SYNC’s capability and its ability to receive software updates plays a key role in the Ford connectivity strategy being accelerated through Ford Smart Mobility, which is the company’s plan to advance connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics.
According to Ford, SYNC is the world’s leading entertainment and communications system with more than 12 million vehicles on the road worldwide.