Ford SYNC3 Review…They’ve thrown in the kitchen sink!
Ford SYNC 3 Review…They’ve thrown in the kitchen sink!
I’m not joking… they literally have. It’s like the best, most prepared, got the solar panels on the trailer, that rocks up next to you at the camping ground and makes you feel a little inadequate. THAT’s what Ford have done with their brand new, shiny, all the whistles and bells infotainment system… it really is on another level.
This is a cool sink!
Let me put this in context, do you remember the original one(s). Not just the Ford SYNC 1 but any of them. BMW with it’s iDrive, Holden or Vauxhall with intellisomethingorother, Toyota and their Entune (that’s pretty good now!) or any of the first incarnations of this witchcraft was at best slow and clunky, at worst you’d follow the sat nav off a cliff because it said “Turn right now” and you trusted it. You still have to trust it and of course natural selection has played it’s part in educating us that common sense has to prevail when you’re faced with real peril.
Those days are long gone because Ford at least, has caught up with modern technology… May I introduce Sync 3.
Some facts and figures:
- Ford have spent $300,000,000 on development. Yes THREE HUNDRED MILLION! (over 10 years I believe. Still a huge investment though!)
- Open Platform so developers can develop apps for the system
- Applink, Apple car play and Android Auto compatible
- 10 years in the making
- It understands Aussie!
- Pinch to zoom technology
- Siri eyes free for searching
- Wifi support
- Enhanced Emergency assist when in accident
Ford really have thrown in the kitchen sink with SYNC3. It’s a lot more like using your mobile phone and when you plug your phone in you can use Apple or Google maps and other apps that you already have on your phone rather than using the manufacturers own proprietary software. Or clunky junk as it was know. That’s what I called it… Some of that clunky old stuff has now been refined to be more in tune with what we use most often on our phones so it’s pretty user friendly. But why bother when you can play your music or use Pandora, Spotify TuneIn Radio for your tunes and get text messages read to you by the car.
The map view is interesting
Can you imagine if we’d said that this was going to be what you car stereo will be like fifteen or twenty years ago? It’s back to the witchcraft mentality but we take it for granted now-a-days, especially with the pace that technology moves forwards. I used to love Knight Rider as a kid and K.I.T.T was mind blowing to me back then, Ford’s SYNC 3 isn’t quite that mind blowing but it is still pretty special.
Cover me K.I.T.T!
Lets answer some big questions:
- Is it better than SYNC 2?
- Will it work with my phone?
- Probably yes. Unless you have a Windows phone or Blackberry then you should really see someone for your problems…
- Will it recognise my voice?
- All voice recognition is evolving at a rapid rate but it’s getting pretty good so it more than likely will yes.
- Can I buy a Ford with it in now?
- Yes, the Focus. It’s also being rolled out in more models as I write.
- What should I do now?
- Go and visit a dealer if your up for a new car that’s got the very latest in in-car technology.
Thanks for reading.