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Trevor Collett | Sep, 01 2016 | 1 Comment

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system has already made its way into some of the Mondeo and Ranger line-up, and now the carmaker says customers can expect a broader rollout before the end of the year.

Focus, including Focus ST and RS, along with Mustang and Everest models are now on the list to receive the tech upgrade, which brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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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