Ford Sync version 3 at Detroit Telematics 2009
by, 06-18-2009 at 12:43 PM (5350 Views)
mp3Car's Rob Wray interviews Mark Schunder about Ford Sync Version 3
In this video we take a ride with one of Ford's engineers to give you the technical side, and much less the marketing pitch for Ford Sync.
Ford sync version 3 will give you the ability to speak to your vehicle and get services such as turn by turn directions, sports and weather.
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With the latest 2010 models with 911 assist, vehicle health reporting, and whatnot, the non-navigation vehicles that call out via cell to the automated voice response number DO offer real turn by turn directions. The cars come with built in GPS even without the navigation system. Ford has licensed tech from Airbiquity which basically acts as a modem over the cellphone voice channel so once you have went through the voice prompts and determined a destination it will mute the audio and go into the data transfer mode (capable of 800 baud, good enough for the nav data Sync needs). This is noticeable when the voice switches over to the Sync prompt saying 'Downloading'. Once the data is downloaded it will disconnect the call and then the Sync interface in the car will do the navigation by audio and through the minimalist character display on the radio. So you don't need an expensive nav system, just a bluetooth phone and enough voice minutes.
Those vehicles with Navigation systems of course do the work internally (other data such as sports scores and gas prices are provided via Satellite through Sirius. Known as the Travel Link option.).
There's a few videos on youtube that actually demonstrate this functionality with the turn by turn directions provided via phone.
I just dont think that SYNC is any type of big deal. The Car PC is just way ahead. We have plugins that can easily do what the sync does. I am sure someone will create a plugin that tells you scores on the phone and then displays it on the screen. I mean most of use voice control, I am sure that someone will make something that we simply go to a sports site, then tell the PC to read it aloud for us. There are just so many routes the PC can go.No, of course the automated phone call can't give you turn by turn, but my CarPC does that already, as well as my iPhone now. As far as the cell network data bub, that seemed to be what the entire focus (Bad punn) of the whole video section was. The Ford rep getting hockey scores.