Ford 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.