Ford Sync software is a feature included with Ford automobiles that allows for the seamless integration of a smartphone into the car's system for hands-free calling, audio streaming and more. Sync software also includes features for navigation, vehicle health and driving efficiencies.
Ford Sync software is a relatively recent technological advance in Ford's automobile features, first appearing in consumer models in 2008. Ford Sync is generally operated using special buttons on the center console interface and steering wheel. Some models include a 4.2-inch touch LCD cluster screen which allows for use of navigation software, along with visual menu navigation of other features.
All vehicles with Sync technology include voice activation that allows for hands-free phone calling over in-car speakerphone, music search, radio tuning, SiriusXM satellite radio tuning, navigation control and the control of supported mobile apps using the Sync AppLink feature. Ford Sync can read text messages over the car audio and respond with preset outgoing messages.
Smartphones can be connected to Ford Sync via Bluetooth or USB. When using Bluetooth, Ford Sync automatically connects to the phone when the car is started. Ford Sync also has a 911 Assist feature that assists occupants with calling 911 in the case of an emergency.