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Ford News: MyFord Touch Shown the Door, Sync 3 Enters

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Ever since Ford introduced MyFord Touch on the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the infotainment system has received a deluge of complaints ranging from the system lagging, unresponsiveness, and tiny touch points. But a replacement is coming.

Ford announced yesterday their next generation of infotainment systems, called Sync 3. The system s simpler to use, more intuitive, and faster than previous versions.

“We considered all the modern smartphones and mobile operating systems and created something familiar but unique. Simplicity has value. Reducing the number of things on-screen also makes control easier and is designed to limit the number of times a driver has to glance at the screen,” said Parrish Hanna, Ford global director of Human Machine Interface.

The new system has a new interface that has tiles for audio, navigation, and phone on the main screen. New features include a “One Box Search” function which allows users to search for a points of interest or enter an address similar to that of a search engine; conversational voice recognition technology; the ability to use smartphone apps through the system; and doing a system update through your home's WiFi network.

Sync 3 will be arriving in Ford and Lincoln vehicles next year.

Source: Ford

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i wouldn't want the current MFT.  Tried using one in a Focus once and wanted to take a bat to the dash.


Was looking hard at a 15 Explorer.  Should I wait for the uglified 16, to get the better Sync setup?


It's like a choice between ugly and hard to live with.

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I don't think the '16 has been uglified, just conventionalized. It looks like what an explorer always looked like. 

I just want to see how well this new system responds to voice commands

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Specs: TI OMAP 5 (Dual Core CPU) @ 1.7GHz and the OS is BlackBerry's QNX. 


Not shabby at all, considering the prior CPU was a ~600MHz single core and based on Cortex A8. Sounds like an efficient setup and QNX is a good basis.


I do worry that it'll have tonnes of graphical flourishes and poor coding that'll still manage to gum things up. Looking forward to a review!

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I'm sure the system will work better than MFT in every single way, but I have to say, I think that interface looks ugly and outdated. I actually liked the look of the outgoing system despite its troubled software. It reminds me a lot of an older version of iOS, but with a white overlay. I would like to see something that looks as good as Android Auto without the limited functionality of needing your device connected to use it. 

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I thought FORD Signed on like so many others to use either the Apple or Google Nav system so no more in house nightmare systems.

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