Car Tech: Ford Upgrades SYNC with safer texting
Texting has become ubiquitous and unfortunately too many drivers text at the wheel despite the threat of heavy fines in some jurisdictions..not to mention the increased risk of a serious accident. Ford is offering a free software update which will give owners of select SYNC Generation 1-equipped 2011 and 2012 vehicles access to the emerging Bluetooth® standard – Message Access Profile (MAP) – so SYNC can stream and read text messages aloud from compatible smartphones. It will work like this.
Tailored for owners of select SYNC-equipped 2011 and early-release 2012 vehicles, the update includes the emerging Message Access Profile (MAP) Bluetooth® standard, which is custom-made for the automotive hands-free environment and outlines a set of features and procedures used to exchange email, SMS and MMS between devices – in this case SYNC and the smartphone. The latest generation of smartphones from suppliers such as HTC, Samsung, RIM and LG are incorporating MAP into their phones.
Ford owners interested in finding out if their SYNC-equipped vehicle is eligible for any of the available SYNC updates can visit http://www.syncmyride.com/ and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If eligible, owners can simply download the update to a USB memory stick and bring into their vehicle for installation through SYNC’s USB port.