Alongside announcing the refreshed 2015 Focus at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford also announced the second generation of its SYNC advanced infotainment/connectivity system. SYNC 2, as the system is called, features a high-resolution, features several updates over its predecessor and is more intuitive by enabling drivers to issue simpler “one-shot” navigation destinations.
For starters, SYNC 2 features an eight-inch color touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible mobile phones. The system’s navigation system also offers for the first time in Europe a split-screen display with detailed intersections, spoken street names, 3D highway junction and landmark views, and the MICHELIN guide and MICHELIN Green Guide.
An example of SYNC 2’s improvements presented by Ford involves the user simply pushing the voice control button and saying “I’m hungry”, which will bring up a list of local restaurants.
SYNC is currently in more than eight million Ford vehicles on the road today since being launched in the U.S. in 2007.