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has announced it will debut its SYNC system in Europe in the 2012 Ford Focus, expanding its current language range from three to 19.

The Microsoft-based system first launched in the States in 2007, and has met with enough success to pursue global marketing of the platform. Ford is working with Nuance Communications to make sure that SYNC users get a similar experience no matter what country they are in or what language they speak.

Sound difficult? It was, particularly in Europe, where language and dialect changes are frequent. Working with Nuance, Ford managed to get SYNC to work so well that a German driving in Italy can get directions in his native tongue while preserving proper Italian pronunciation of street names street names. Pretty spiffy.

[Source: Ford]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW Ford is realeasing SYNC in Australia. Ford Australa has the worse car audio ever AND it's expensive to spec.

      So now where going to get turn by turn sounding like crackling AM mono speaker under the seat. Somehow I think that needs fixing first.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that's really the "next level"! I think Ford has a 2 + year lead on in-car tech like this! By the time everyone else catches up, Ford Sync will be a household name like iPod! Actually, it already is! Yesterday or the day before someone said something about Sync and I was like "Huh?, You?, Really?". I kinda felt behind the times! lol

      Nice work Ford! Next step! Translate dialog between Men and Women! heh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mall, why not learn to speak English in California, just saying ...

      Russian sync: fork in road ahead......In soviet russia, road forks you!

      Syrian sync: IED explosive ahead on the right, in 500 meters

      Chinese sync: connecting to Bluetooth headphones... beep! Please try again! Beep.... we are sorry, but the Ford sync feature is blocked by Chinese government officials, a your day of punishment is on Monday!

      Australian sync: crowkey a missed turn! Make a u turn on barbie street

        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure if you realize that in California there are many placenames in Spanish: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Monica, San Francisco, etc...

        • 4 Years Ago
        Syria? Are you announcing a new war?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Russian SYNC uses Putin's voice.

      "Enter point of Interest" Cheeseburger in Moscow

      "Enter point of Interest that is more Russian.....unless you do not want to end up like that Yukos guy".............Blintzes with fruit preserves and some vodka.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about correct Spanish pronunciation of street and place names in California first...I'm just sayin'...