The Truth About Cars » Sync http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Sync http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Ford Leaves Microsoft For BlackBerry In Future SYNC Updates http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ford-leaves-microsoft-for-blackberry-in-future-sync-updates/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ford-leaves-microsoft-for-blackberry-in-future-sync-updates/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:24:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=752273 As automakers seek out technology partners for their on-board electronic devices, Ford is leaving Microsoft by the side of the road for a variant of BlackBerry’s QNX-based operating system in future updates to the Blue Oval’s long-suffering SYNC/MyFord Touch infotainment systems. Road & Track and The Detroit News report the move would bring them in-line […]

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As automakers seek out technology partners for their on-board electronic devices, Ford is leaving Microsoft by the side of the road for a variant of BlackBerry’s QNX-based operating system in future updates to the Blue Oval’s long-suffering SYNC/MyFord Touch infotainment systems. Road & Track and The Detroit News report the move would bring them in-line […]

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Former Cadillac Marketing Head Don Butler to Head Ford’s In-Vehicle Comm Tech http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/former-cadillac-marketing-head-don-butler-to-head-fords-in-vehicle-comm-tech/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/former-cadillac-marketing-head-don-butler-to-head-fords-in-vehicle-comm-tech/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=694553 While much of the attention focused on Ford Motor Company’s personnel news has been focused on CEO Alan Mulally’s announcement that he’s not leaving for Microsoft, FoMoCo has made another important decision, who is going to head one of Mulally’s pet projects, Ford’s in-vehicle communications technology. Automotive News reports that Don Butler, 50, the highly […]

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While much of the attention focused on Ford Motor Company’s personnel news has been focused on CEO Alan Mulally’s announcement that he’s not leaving for Microsoft, FoMoCo has made another important decision, who is going to head one of Mulally’s pet projects, Ford’s in-vehicle communications technology. Automotive News reports that Don Butler, 50, the highly […]

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Ford Opens Up SYNC To Any Interested Party http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/ford-opens-up-sync-to-any-interested-party/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/ford-opens-up-sync-to-any-interested-party/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:49:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472783 Ford will be giving away its SYNC AppLink to any automaker or Tier 1 supplier, as it looks to make SYNC the standard for in-car connectivity systems. By opening up the SYNC API (or Application Programming Interface) to other parties, Ford is hoping to ensure that SYNC becomes the dominant system, similar to how Google’s […]

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Ford will be giving away its SYNC AppLink to any automaker or Tier 1 supplier, as it looks to make SYNC the standard for in-car connectivity systems. By opening up the SYNC API (or Application Programming Interface) to other parties, Ford is hoping to ensure that SYNC becomes the dominant system, similar to how Google’s […]

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Ford: Wait, We Fixed MyFordTouch! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ford-wait-we-fixed-myfordtouch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ford-wait-we-fixed-myfordtouch/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:18:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417049 MyFordTouch was supposed to build on the SYNC system’s momentum, extending Ford’s edge in mass-market infotainment gizmology. Instead, MyFord nearly killed the golden egg-laying goose, by earning Ford a sharp downgrade from Consumer Reports and widespread criticism. Ford has decided that 40-minute training sessions weren’t going to cut it as a response to the complaints […]

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MyFordTouch was supposed to build on the SYNC system’s momentum, extending Ford’s edge in mass-market infotainment gizmology. Instead, MyFord nearly killed the golden egg-laying goose, by earning Ford a sharp downgrade from Consumer Reports and widespread criticism. Ford has decided that 40-minute training sessions weren’t going to cut it as a response to the complaints […]

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Quote Of The Day: Hands Free At High Speeds Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-hands-free-at-high-speeds-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-hands-free-at-high-speeds-edition/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:10:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409638 [Skip ahead to 2:08 (or don’t)] It’s the stuff of a Ray LaHood nightmare. Automotive News [sub]’s lede comes screaming out of the blackness: BERLIN — Ford Motor Co. has adapted its Sync in-car connectivity system to cope with high speeds on German autobahns. But you can’t wake up, Mr Secretary of Transportation. For this is no […]

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[Skip ahead to 2:08 (or don’t)] It’s the stuff of a Ray LaHood nightmare. Automotive News [sub]’s lede comes screaming out of the blackness: BERLIN — Ford Motor Co. has adapted its Sync in-car connectivity system to cope with high speeds on German autobahns. But you can’t wake up, Mr Secretary of Transportation. For this is no […]

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Ford Sued For Sync http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/ford-sued-for-sync/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/ford-sued-for-sync/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2011 11:58:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402046   Ford’s Sync doesn’t get a break. It attracted undue attention from LaHood’s distracted driving crusade. Consumer Reports had issues with the system. Sync sank Ford in the 2011 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey. Can it get any worse? Yes, it can. Ford is being sued for patent infringement. Bainbridge Island-based Eagle Harbor Holdings  has […]

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  Ford’s Sync doesn’t get a break. It attracted undue attention from LaHood’s distracted driving crusade. Consumer Reports had issues with the system. Sync sank Ford in the 2011 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey. Can it get any worse? Yes, it can. Ford is being sued for patent infringement. Bainbridge Island-based Eagle Harbor Holdings  has […]

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The Truth About MyFord Touch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-truth-about-myford-touch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-truth-about-myford-touch/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 15:24:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394022 Editor’s Note: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Byron Hurd of SpeedSportLife, in his TTAC debut. There has been an almost-palpable sensation of glee propagating through the various import-leaning car communities I frequent. For nearly two years, they’ve had to sit back and listen to the other guys relentlessly gushing about domestic brand turnarounds. With only […]

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Editor’s Note: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Byron Hurd of SpeedSportLife, in his TTAC debut. There has been an almost-palpable sensation of glee propagating through the various import-leaning car communities I frequent. For nearly two years, they’ve had to sit back and listen to the other guys relentlessly gushing about domestic brand turnarounds. With only […]

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Get An All Expense Paid Sync And MyFord Touch Course. At Your Ford Dealer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/get-an-all-expense-paid-sync-and-myford-touch-course-at-your-ford-dealer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/get-an-all-expense-paid-sync-and-myford-touch-course-at-your-ford-dealer/#comments Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:55:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383124 Ford brought two pieces of good news for their dealers at this year’s NADA meeting: The dealers will get more cars. And they will get more cash. But wait, there will be less … Ford will increase its production targeted at its U.S. dealers by 13 percent this quarter. If the market wants more, Ford […]

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Ford brought two pieces of good news for their dealers at this year’s NADA meeting: The dealers will get more cars. And they will get more cash. But wait, there will be less … Ford will increase its production targeted at its U.S. dealers by 13 percent this quarter. If the market wants more, Ford […]

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Ford SYNC Now Available With Feature-Disabling Feature http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/ford-sync-now-available-with-fewer-features/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/ford-sync-now-available-with-fewer-features/#comments Thu, 08 Jul 2010 15:01:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360535 We’ve devoted considerable bandwidth here at TTAC to the inevitable conflict between Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s campaign against distracted driving and the ever-increasing array of distractions offered by popular in-car electronic systems like Ford’s SYNC. While automakers are forever striving to offer more and more connectivity, politicians are waking to the realization that these […]

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We’ve devoted considerable bandwidth here at TTAC to the inevitable conflict between Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s campaign against distracted driving and the ever-increasing array of distractions offered by popular in-car electronic systems like Ford’s SYNC. While automakers are forever striving to offer more and more connectivity, politicians are waking to the realization that these […]

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Volt-Google Android Cooperation Presages Next-Gen Onstar System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/volt-google-android-cooperation-presages-next-gen-onstar-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/volt-google-android-cooperation-presages-next-gen-onstar-system/#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 16:37:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356849 GM’s OnStar division is preparing for a big push into new info-tainment and connectivity services, and it’s launching the effort at Google’s I/O conference starting tomorrow. First up is a new Google-maps-based navigation feature for Android phones running the Chevy Volt mobile app, featured in the video above [presser here]. Though this new navigation system […]

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GM’s OnStar division is preparing for a big push into new info-tainment and connectivity services, and it’s launching the effort at Google’s I/O conference starting tomorrow. First up is a new Google-maps-based navigation feature for Android phones running the Chevy Volt mobile app, featured in the video above [presser here]. Though this new navigation system […]

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IIHS: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don’t Work http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/iihs-hand-held-cell-phone-bans-dont-work/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/iihs-hand-held-cell-phone-bans-dont-work/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:56:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343684 The Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institutes For Highway Safety, reports that an audit of insurance claim filings shows no reduction in claim amounts in states with bans on cell phone use in cars. According to the report: HLDI researchers calculated monthly collision claims per 100 insured vehicle years (a vehicle […]

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The Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institutes For Highway Safety, reports that an audit of insurance claim filings shows no reduction in claim amounts in states with bans on cell phone use in cars. According to the report: HLDI researchers calculated monthly collision claims per 100 insured vehicle years (a vehicle […]

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Denso Jumping Into Sync Wars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/denso-jumping-into-sync-wars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/denso-jumping-into-sync-wars/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=341581 Automotive News [sub] reports that supplier giant Denso, which is 23 percent owned by Toyota, will launch a competitor to Ford’s Sync system. The system, named Blue Harmony, will provide music, directions, e-mail, Internet radio, news headlines and other driver distractions through a touchscreen on the center of the instrument panel, according to Denso sources. […]

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Automotive News [sub] reports that supplier giant Denso, which is 23 percent owned by Toyota, will launch a competitor to Ford’s Sync system. The system, named Blue Harmony, will provide music, directions, e-mail, Internet radio, news headlines and other driver distractions through a touchscreen on the center of the instrument panel, according to Denso sources. […]

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Kia Uvo Syncs To Ford’s Level http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/kia-uvo-syncs-to-fords-level/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/kia-uvo-syncs-to-fords-level/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:24:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340401 Amid the cries of shock around the blogosphere at the sudden death of the Kia Borrego, another tidbit of more consequential Kia news remains undercovered. And it’s actually bigger Ford news than anything else. Ford had deal with Microsoft for exclusive access to the technology underlying its Sync system. But with Ford’s 18 month term […]

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Amid the cries of shock around the blogosphere at the sudden death of the Kia Borrego, another tidbit of more consequential Kia news remains undercovered. And it’s actually bigger Ford news than anything else. Ford had deal with Microsoft for exclusive access to the technology underlying its Sync system. But with Ford’s 18 month term […]

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