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Sync hits a milestone

Ford has announced that it has produced the five millionth vehicle to use the Sync system. Sync is the result of a collaboration between Ford and Microsoft aimed at bringing voice control to vehicles. The Sync system has been in use in various Ford vehicles over the last five years and was first unveiled at CES in 2007.

“SYNC has helped us evolve as an automaker, to think and act more like a technology company, with a new level of openness and access that has forever changed how we look at our business and respond to our customers,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation. “Ultimately, SYNC embodies what Ford is all about: going further to transform innovative ideas into products that are affordable, attainable and valuable to millions of people.”

Ford and Microsoft began collaboration in 2005 as they worked to integrate mobile technology into vehicles. Sync is an architecture that is based on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform and takes advantage of open protocols including USB and Bluetooth. The development of the system using open protocols allows for just about any smart device out there to be used with the Sync system.

Today Sync supports multiple smartphone platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and iOS. The platform has also been expanded to allow voice control over apps running on smartphones and a lot more. 

“We’ve worked with Ford on SYNC right from the start,” said Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, Microsoft Corp. “Taking a platform approach enabled us to move quickly and deliver an innovative solution unlike any in the industry while providing us the flexibility to continue to deliver new features and improvements to Ford customers.”

Source: Ford

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RE: I hope they get sued
By Myrandex on 11/6/2012 9:43:42 AM , Rating: 2
Do some research first.

Sync does not allow complicated procedures to occur while the car is moving. For example in my wife's mustang, I was not able to pair a phone with it while I was in the passenger seat even though me doing this was not putting her driving in jeoprady. I understand why it would not let me though and I didn't mind.

And for her to use the system while driving is less distracting than other actions performed all the time by drivers, such as taking a drink from a drink in the cupholders prevalent in ever car (OMG sue distractions galore). She can simply hit a button on the steering wheel (where her hands are already) and simply state a command, and her Windows Phone takes care of the rest.

When people are texting while driving (taking their hands and eyes off of the road), eating while driving, disciplining their kids while driving, engaging in sexual acts while driving, or performing numerous other distracting actions while driving, I feel that sync is a very small part of worry and definitely does NOT require class action lawsuits.

Stupid drivers should receive consequences that already exist in laws today, and we do not need more legislation telling us how to live our lives.


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