The update will work for vehicles built as far back as 2011. By the numbers, that’s more than 5 million cars. All you need is a Ford with second generation SYNC – aka MyFord Touch- and an Apple iPhone. Ford doesn’t even care where in the world you are. It’s offering this update globally.
The upgrade will allow you to access Siri to control phone functions with your voice. You just press and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, then start talking. You can have the system make phone calls, look up phone numbers for dining and access Apple map info. Plus, you can set reminders, get weather updates, and play music. It’ll even send and receive voice text messages.
The update is an easy download. No trip to the dealer required. You can get it on the owner site. Ford says it hopes the upgrade will help keep drivers eyes on the road for safety reasons.
“SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel. Siri Eyes-Free is another great voice-activated feature that not only adds convenience but helps our customers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel,” says Sherif Marakby, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering.
SYNC launched in 2007. It hasn’t always been a driver favorite, but Ford’s worked to improve it over the years. The SYNC system that’s available for the upgrade is the second generation version in 2011-2016 models.
Oh and if you’ve bought a 2016 Ford, you don’t have to hassle with the download. The 2016 models get the SYNC 3 system. It doesn’t need the Siri Eyes-Free upgrade because it offers drivers even more smartphone integration with an AppLink system.
The SYNC 3 debuted this past summer and in the 2016 Escape and Fiesta. Ford will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto later for complete smartphone integration. Ford will be bringing SYNC 3 in all of its new lineup.