Coming off the success of Sync 3 in their infotainment system, Ford Motor Company recently unveiled its latest version in Sync 4. As a completely overhauled system, Sync 4 boasts twice the computing power as Sync 3 while address some key issues in graphics as well as integrating new features.
Wireless for all
Taking note from BMW, the main feature of Sync 4 is the ability to connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi to Apple Carplay AND Android Auto (not an available feature in BMWs) as well as wireless mirroring for Waze and Amazon Alexa. Wireless charging and over-the-air updates will also be available with Sync 4 and to make things even better, unlike BMW there is no subscription required for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Size in screens matters
With Ford hinting at larger screen sizes to rival Tesla, Sync 4 introduces upgraded graphics to support the various types of screen sizes from split screens on 12” screens to “adaptive dash cards” on the large 15.5” screen . The Sync 4 graphic interfaces will also be unique among the different model types addressing complaints that the Sync 3 interface looked the same in a high end Lincoln Navigator as it does in entry-level models.
Though not all models will ship with Sync 4 right away, selected new models shipping next year will come with Sync 4 and eventually will be available in all models by 2023.