The MyFord Touch infotainment system is about to become a thing of the past as the company has unveiled their new SYNC 3 system.
Billed as "faster, more intuitive and easier to use," the SYNC 3 infotainment system brings a variety of changes including improved graphics, more conversational voice recognition technology and smartphone-like controls such as pinch-to-zoom and swipe gestures.
The system also reduces complexity and prioritizes controls that customers use most. As a result, there are dedicated touch buttons for Audio, Climate, Phone, Navigation, Apps and Settings.
The improved voice recognition technology allows people to say addresses such as “Eleven Twenty-Five Main Street” instead of “One One Two Five Main Street.” The system also allows users to search for locations by saying “Detroit Airport” rather than official names such as “Detroit Metropolitan Airport.”
Another important change is the ability to update the system over a WiFi connection. This will allow owners to park their car in the garage, enter their WiFi password and easily install updates.
On the usability front, the screen has a bright background with large buttons that feature high-contrast fonts to prevent screen washout from the sun. At night, the system automatically changes to a dark background to help reduce eye fatigue and minimize reflections on the windows.
The SYNC 3 infotainment system will begin arriving on new models next year and will eventually replace MyFord Touch altogether.