Other improvements include refreshed menu layouts, better mapping facilities, a more user-friendly platform with improved touch along with tablet-like swiping and pinching.
Ford says integration for the AppLink program is “seamless”, while Emergency Assist and software updates via WiFi are also included. A ‘one box search’ is available, designed to mimic an internet search engine.
Australian customers will be pleased to hear that the SYNC 3 voice recognition system has been fine-tuned by Ford engineers in Australia for better recognition of Australian accents. The system understands basic statements, such as “I need a coffee” or “Sydney Airport” rather than using the official name “Sir Charles Kingsford Smith International Airport”.
Further, Ford took on-board around 22,000 suggestions from customers around the world (including Australia) before developing SYNC 3.
Ford Australia CEO Graeme Whickman said SYNC 3 was all about delivering the best connectivity experience for the customer while improving road safety.
“Our customers are connected outside their vehicles, and Ford SYNC 3 will help them stay better connected while continuing to drive with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” Mr Whickman said.
“Our leading local R&D investment also helps us stay better connected to Australian consumer needs, including SYNC 3’s new voice-recognition technology that speaks and understands Australian accents.”
Ford’s MyKey safety function remains for SYNC 3, allowing owners to restrict the vehicle’s top speed, set an earlier low-fuel warning or restrict the in-car entertainment while driving.
The rollout for SYNC 3 technology into 2017 Ford models begins this month.
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