The new Ford infotainment system
Ford has long been committed to a user-friendly multi-function infotainment system. The latest version of this system, found in the newest vehicles, is called SYNC4 and offers even more features. All in an environment that's easier to use than ever.
Hands-free access to information
SYNC has long been known to be one of the simplest automotive systems ever used. Yet it's packed with features like navigation, voice control, wireless phone connectivity, digital radio and a range of apps for media, weather forecasts and more.
Amazon In-Car, Waze and Alexa
There are also additional services like Amazon In-Car delivery, which allows you to drop packages in the trunk of your parked vehicle, Waze navigation and Alexa voice control. Finally, FordPass is the automaker's smartphone app for remotely controlling certain vehicle functions.
Sync 4 is Ford's latest infotainment system. There are two versions: Sync 4 will work on cars with full-size touchscreens, while Sync 4A is the system installed in the upcoming Mustang Mach-E, with its large touchscreen placed in portrait mode.
It's a heavily modified version of Sync, but it stays true to the original philosophy of being simple and easy to read at a glance. The screen on the Mach-E (or the F-150, for example) is also topped with a physical dial that allows you to change the volume quickly and without looking.
One of the key features of Sync 4 is over-the-air software updates. While Sync 3 requires a Wi-Fi connection or USB stick to update, Sync 4 uses the car's own Internet connection. Ford said earlier this year that with the Mach-E, software updates will take only a few minutes, compared with more than 20 minutes for some rivals.
SYNC4 systems are expected to gradually appear on more Ford vehicles in the coming months and years, including those with smaller screens than the Mach-E Mustang.
FordPass Connect, Apple Car Play and Android Auto
Now that every new Ford vehicle has the FordPass Connect option with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, cloud connectivity is standard in SYNC 4. Navigation is fully connected and linked to the Internet with maps that are frequently refreshed with the latest available traffic and work information. An improvement that ensures customers get the most up-to-date information for their routes. Ford has also equipped SYNC 4 with optional navigation with the ability to share parking space availability and prices.
A helpful note though: SYNC 4 supports Android Auto and Apple Car Play functionality. But this time, the connection is wireless. Just connect your smartphone, and you'll be able to use all the features on the screen.
With a little practice and use, your Ford can also become your best companion for customization, since Sync4 is capable of learning. Using your old actions, the system can recognize them and set them up for you.
Your favourite restaurant has a Tartar special every Wednesday? Sync4 can remind you. It can also tell you to call your partner when you get off work, or know exactly which radio station you prefer!
The SYNC4 system is an exceptional support tool for all drivers. Try it out, you'll see!