Ford Reveals Sync Connect Mobile Controls for Cars
- Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
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Car manufacturer Ford has announced a new built-in cellular-connected telematics system for its vehicles which will enable owners to lock and unlock, locate and even start their car using their smartphone.
In the past, Ford has relied on brought-in solutions for its Sync platform, relying on drivers connnecting their phones via Bluetooth or USB to access features such as vehicle health reports. The new system, which will debut with the 2017 Ford Escape, will provide users with a wider range of functions through a central app.
“New Sync Connect provides convenience to Ford owners through an easy-to-use app,” said Don Butler, executive director of connected vehicles and services at Ford. “The technology helps you seamlessly integrate your vehicle into your lifestyle. Get locked out? Cold outside? Forget where you parked? No problem. Just use your smartphone.”
Among the added features are scheduled starts, enabling owners to ensure the car is warmed up and running for when they start a journey, vehicle status updates including fuel, oil, battery levels and tire pressure readings, along with vehicle location displayed via a map.
The system will use two-step authentication to ensure data on both the vehicle and owners are protected, and will also include controls within cars using a touch screen monitor. Sync Connect is a key part of Fords plans to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility and customer experience in motoring, which also includes autonomous vehicles. The technology will provide a foundation for additional functionality in the future, and serve as a step towards enhanced vehicle connectivity.