In 2016, Ford will bring the SYNC3 infotainment interface to its cars sold in India. The SYNC3 interface was recently unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014. Ford has now dumped Microsoft for the Blackberry QNX platform based operating system. The interface is now divided into four quadrants, audio, navigation, phone, and climate controls. This layout makes it easier to operate. The buttons on the touchscreen based system are larger too.
The voice recognition function has been revamped, allowing for more accents from around the globe. The SYNC3 interface will be available in different trim levels for different Ford cars. For instance, high end car models will get the full fledged system with all features available for use while budget Fords will get a lower spec version. Ford is working with developer for new Apps that will work with SYNC3. This interface is currently compatible with Android and iOS devices.
Currently, Ford offers it SYNC infotainment interface on two cars that it sells in India, the EcoSport crossover and the facelifted Fiesta sedan. It’s latest launch in India, the Fiesta Facelift, has the most advanced smartphone connect system among Ford cars sold here, what with the AppLink feature integrated into it. In the next few months, upcoming Ford cars such as the Figo twins and the all-new Endeavour SUV will also feature different iterations of the SYNC interface.
Smartphone connectivity is redefining car cabins around the globe. As smartphones are becoming extensions of users, car makers have been quick to see the potential. High end audio consoles on many cars are soon being replaced by smartphone powered infotainment systems that offer better performance. Even budget cars such as the Datsun Go hatchback and the Go+ MPV have put smartphone connectivity to innovative use to deliver a low cost yet effective infotainment system.