At four years old, the original Ford SYNC is already a relic in the rapidly changing subculture of automotive connectivity. And it's being recognized as such.

It is being inducted into the Computer History Museum, the Mountain View, Calif. institution announced today. At first glance, such a Detroit product may be an awkward fit in Silicon Valley, where the museum pays homage to giants like Google and Apple.

But, "the intersection of automotive and computing developments is becoming an increasingly important area for the museum to consider," said Alex Bochannek, curator and senior manager.

Ford SYNC debuted in the 2008 Focus as a $395 optional purchase for drivers. Within two years, the connective technology became available in every Ford vehicle. Approximately 4 million SYNC-equipped vehicles are currently on the road, and that number is expected to grow to 9 million by 2015.

SYNC is the Microsoft-based system that provides voice control for mobile phones and digital music players connected via Bluetooth or USB ports.


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