Ford previews Blackberry QNX-based Sync 3 system

Ford previews Blackberry QNX-based Sync 3 system image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Ford | posted December 12, 2014 12:03

Will replace the MyFord Touch infotainment system

Ford has introduced its new Sync 3 infotainment system based on the Blackberry QNX. It features “faster performance, more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier to use.” The Sync 3 infotainment system replaces the company's former software, the MyFord Touch.

The Sync 3 infotainment system includes a number changes including a more intuitive interface through an all-new touch screen. Ford claims that it can respond quicker and features smartphone-like gestures such as the “pinch-to-zoom” and swipe gestures.

The new touch screen also has a bright background and large buttons with high-contrast fonts for daytime. At night, Ford says the display automatically switches to dark background to reduce eye fatigue. The Sync 3 infotainment system also reduces complexity and prioritizes controls that customers use most. The home screen have touch buttons for audio, climate, phone, navigation, apps and settings.

Ford Sync 3 infotainment system

The Sync 3 infotainment system also has an improved voice recognition technology. According to Ford, by simply saying “play” the system will automatically play the desired song, artist, playlist or album; there is no need to identify the desired category. Moreover, the system allows people to say addresses such as “Eleven Twenty-Five Main Street” rather than “One One Two Five Main Street.” It also allows users to search for locations by saying the key words rather than the official names of a certain establishment or place.

Another notable change is the system's ability to update the software through a Wi-Fi connection. This allows owners to park their car in the garage, connect to their Wi-Fi and install necessary updates.