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1Ford SYNC Earns High Praise From Silicon Valley

Connective technology on permanent exhibit at Computer History Museum

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.

1Ford Sync Peers Ahead To Video-Streaming Future

Automaker Could Eye Partnerships With Likes Of Hulu, Netflix

In the olden days, a car was never going to be newer than it was at the moment a customer drove it out of the dealership parking lot.

22Ford begins using WiFi to install Sync on assembly lines

In case you thought installing SYNC into Ford vehicles was a ho-hum-whatever affair, that's not the case – Ford puts a lot of thought into it. The Blue Oval's latest assembly line advance is to have SYNC's infotainment software installed into the 2011 Ford Edge via WiFi. Made possible by the the latest version of SYNC with WiFi access, the new process allows Ford to save money on parts and inventory by using a common module among vehicles in different cars and made in different plants. Aft

21Ford improves voice recognition for SYNC, adds Send-to-Car for Google Maps [w/video]

Ford SYNC 2011 demonstration – click above to watch the video

32Report: 2011 Ford SYNC system can block features while vehicle is moving

Ray LaHood, the Department of Transportation's boss, recently had the revelation that looking down at your phone for four seconds while behind the wheel means you're "driving the length of a football field without watching the road." The DoT goes on to claim that distracted driving took the lives of up to 6,000 Americans in 2008 alone, with many more severely injured. Ford knows the stats and believes that texting while driving should be banned, but at the same time, many of the company's vehicl

84First Drive: 2011 Kia Sportage keeps moving in the proper direction

2011 Kia Sportage – click above for high-res image gallery

47Will Ford's Sync kill Sirius XM?

There are currently 19 million Sirius XM subscribers out there, and the vast majority of those cash-paying customers listen only in the car. Ford was among the earliest mass-market adopters of Sirius, as The Blue Oval made infotainment a big part of its vehicle strategy. But while Ford was an early passenger on the satellite bandwagon, another very popular technology could put the squeeze on pay-for-play radio.

22Ford adds ability to sync Google maps directions to Sync

Drivers of late-model Ford vehicles equipped with Sync Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) will soon be able to plot out their routes using Google Maps on their home computer and then download turn-by-turn directions directly to the car. TDI is a recent addition that adds a GPS receiver which allows Sync equipped cars and trucks to provide directions even if the vehicle doesn't have the full map based navigation system in place.

18SYNC upgraded with GPS location tracking for 911 Assist

Ford has just added a helpful new function to its 911 Assist SYNC app. Emergency services can now easily locate distressed motorists via a vehicle's GPS coordinates and call for assistance, thereby diminishing response times. Ford says that the service is completely free, and will show up on 2011 models equipped with MyFord and MyLincoln Touch, along with some SYNC-equipped vehicles. Don't think the new tech is a direct challenge to the General Motors equivalent, though.

25SYNC updated with stock quotes, horoscopes and more [w/video]

Ford SYNC with Applink – Click above to watch the video after the the break

20The Next Big Debate: Hardware or software?

More tech in your car? Oh, that's inevitable. But automakers are trying to figure out the best way to implement it. There are two main architectures currently; tethered and embedded. Ford's SYNC is an example of a tethered tech-integration system that uses Bluetooth to connect to mobile devices consumers already own and carry with them. General Motors' OnStar system is an embedded setup that builds the technology into the car. Going forward, the consensus seems to be that we're going to see syst

21Video: Does Apple's new iPad jibe with Ford's SYNC?

Ford Sync makes friends with an Apple iPad – Click above to watch video after the jump

12Ford wires up two millionth Sync system

When Ford's Sync infotainment system went live in late 2007, the technology looked promising to us but we weren't ready to bet the farm that customers were going to adopt it in large numbers. Two and a half years later, Ford and partner Microsoft are celebrating the two millionth Sync system installed, which happened to go into a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The rate of Sync adoption is increasing over time too, as the two millionth unit was installed less than one year after Ford hit one mi

33Ford named one of Top 10 Most Innovative Mobile Tech Companies

MyFord Touch – Click above for high-res image gallery

17Report: Ford Work Solutions customers saving gas, driving more safely - Sync tieup coming?

If you knew that Big Brother someone who controls your paycheck was watching how you were treating his or her company-owned vehicle, would that knowledge alter the way you drive it? That exact functionality is available with the Crew Chief application of the Ford Work Solutions package, and initial reports are showing that employees driving Ford F-Series trucks equipped with the technology are using less fuel and driving more safely.

5Report: Ford Work Solutions customers saving gas, driving more safely

If you knew that Big Brother someone who controls your paycheck were watching how you were treating his or her company-owned vehicle, would that knowledge alter the way you drive it? That exact functionality is available with the Crew Chief application of the Ford Work Solutions package, and initial reports are showing that employees driving Ford F-Series trucks equipped with the technology are using less fuel and driving more safely.

74MyFord Touch and SYNC App Ecosystem hands-on [w/video]

Hands on with MyFord Touch and SYNC App Ecosystem – Click above for high-res image gallery

12SYNC to offer iTunes tagging through HD radio

Here's another first for Ford after the revelation of its motion-capturing software: The Blue Oval will be the first to offer iTunes tagging through iPods on SYNC-equipped vehicles. Right behind the announcement of mobile Internet connectivity being added to SYNC, this will go along with the package of mobile apps the carmaker will reveal at CES next month.

28SYNC FTW: Ford adding mobile internet compatibility to USB ports

The SYNC system offered by Ford in most of its models just got a lot more interesting. In addition to giving vehicle owners super simple connectivity with virtually any phone or music player and the best voice recognition in the biz, the next generation of SYNC will add mobile internet compatibility to its USB ports. What does this mean? It means that if you've got one of those fancy 3G modems for your laptop, you can plug it into the USB port of your SYNC-equipped Ford and voilà! Your en

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