Ford’s Latest SYNC Software Update Brings Siri Eyes-Free to 5 Million Vehicles
More than 5 million SYNC-equipped Ford vehicles, dating back to the 2011 model year, are now eligible for a software update that will add Apple Siri Eyes-Free capability to the vehicle.
“SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” said Sherif Marakby, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Siri Eyes-Free is another great voice-activated feature that not only adds convenience but helps our customers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
When using Siri Eyes-Free, iPhone users can vocally request Siri perform a number of tasks including:
- Making phone calls to contacts in their address book
- Looking up phone numbers for restaurants or other points of interest
- Setting a reminder or alarm
- Asking about the weather
- Select and play music
- Audibly send and receive text messages
- Getting directions through Apple Maps
For a demonstration of new Siri Eyes-Free capability for MyFord Touch, click here.
The new software update is available for vehicles equipped with the second generation of SYNC, known as MyFord Touch in North America, ranging from model years 2011 to 2016.
What the brand calls a, “simple, downloadable update” will be available through http://owner.ford.com/.