Ford Kills MyFordTouch, Introduces SYNC 3 Connected-Vehicle System

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
ford kills myfordtouch introduces sync 3 connected vehicle system

Joy to the world, MyFordTouch is dead. In its place, Ford introduced Thursday its new SYNC 3 connected-vehicle system.

Pulling from suggestions and comments from 22,000 consumers, in combination with clinics and surveys, the QNX-based SYNC 3 aims to be more intuitive than the outgoing technology, delivering an interface similar to those found on smartphones and tablets. The system also offers day and night settings, reduced complexity, and better voice recognition.

Speaking of smartphones, users can connect theirs via SYNC 3’s AppLink, allowing them to control their smartphones through voice commands. The latest version of AppLink can automatically discover music and news apps such as Spotify, iHeartRadio Auto and NPR One.

Software updates can now be achieved via Wi-Fi: once a user links the system to their home network, updates can happen while the car is parked in the garage or on the driveway.

Finally, users can dial 911 via the subscription-free 911 Assist service, which uses a Bluetooth-connected phone to call first responders in the event of an accident, and providing detailed information location, whether airbags were deployed, how many seat belts were used, and the type of crash that occurred.

Owners can expect SYNC 3 to arrive in the 2016 model year, with full replacement by New Year’s Eve 2016. Lincoln will have a slightly touched-up version for its customers, as well.

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  • HotPotato HotPotato on Dec 12, 2014

    Remember that old joke about how if Microsoft made cars, they'd randomly crash? Not so funny any more: Microsoft powers Ford's infotainment. The worst is the "Sync with MyFord" system in my car -- basically MyFord Touch but with physical buttons and a smaller non-touch screen. Its menus make no sense, the USB function has never consistently worked, and now the Bluetooth function is starting to fail as well, on top of which the sound quality blows. By contrast, the system in my lady friend's Hyundai is easy to use, usually works, and sounds good. Hyundai's system is powered by Blackberry. Imagine.

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    • Lie2me Lie2me on Dec 16, 2014

      @redav It's rare that they completely crash if you keep up with the updates

  • Fred Fred on Dec 13, 2014

    Does Microsoft supply software to any other auto manufacturer?

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that