Ford Tuesday announced an overhaul of its SYNC in-car system that includes a more inuitive interface, as well as notifications and other features.
The new system will first come pre-installed in the next Ford Mustang models, which are set to go onsale later this year.
"Ford led the industry in giving drivers the ability to control their smartphone apps on the go with the introduction of SYNC AppLink in 2010," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development, in a statement. "We are now making the in-vehicle app experience simpler and more intuitive to further help drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road."
As part of the new system, apps will now be able to get access to a variety of real-time vehicle data such as speed, acceleration, odometer and location.
Ford says that it has added a more consistent user experience due to voice pass-through capability, which enables developers to use the on-device or cloud-based voice recognition systems to evaluate commands given by the driver. This means drivers can use the same set of voice commands to control the app when connected to the vehicle as they would when not connected to the vehicle
Also, notifications can now be read aloud to drivers as they come in without the driver needing to touch their phone.
While the Mustang will be the first model to get the new Sync, Ford said it will eventually be rolled out to the rest of the Ford product lineup.