Ford’s Sync takes on texting and driving

October 18, 2011

In an effort to cut down on texting and driving, Ford is adding text messaging services as an upgrade on all vehicles that use its Sync service. Sync is Ford’s foray into the world of connected cars — a system that lets drivers use voice commands to make phone calls, control music and get weather or traffic reports.

According to Mashable, Ford is rolling the text messaging feature Tuesday to all models from 2010 or later with Sync installed. To get the new feature, Ford owners should head to the Ford Sync site to download the upgrade and installation instructions, the report said.

Connected cars are seen as a growing trend, adding a layer of meaning to the term “mobile device.” At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Audi and Ford both delivered keynote speeches that touched on Web-connected cars. A report last week from the New York Times indicated that it was a hot topic at last week’s CTIA-The Wireless Association meeting for enterprise and business applications.

According to the report, Glenn Lurie of AT&T’s emerging devices division, said he expects to see all cars “connected” in some way within three to five years.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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