Ford To Offer Siri Eyes-Free As Update to MyFord Touch from 2011-2016 Models
Update Provides Deeper Integration with iPhones
Ford was one of the early pioneers of mobile technology integration in the automotive world with Sync and MyFord Touch. As is the case with many early pioneers, Ford learned a lot of lessons and took a lot of knocks for sometimes clunky execution. In some regards, MyFord Touch was an idea ahead of its time, with the promise let down by sub-optimal processing power. Going forward, the QNX-based Sync 3 system is a major improvement over MyFord Touch in speed, usability, and capability. However, for owners of 2011-2016 models still equipped with MyFord Touch, the company is offering a software update to integrate Siri Eyes-Free function to vehicles equipped with the legacy Microsoft-powered system.
Among the features enabled by Siri Eyes-Free are voice-enabled dialing to contacts in their address book, phone number lookup and dialing for local restaurants or points of interest, setting reminders or alarms, getting weather information, selecting and playing music on the user’s iTunes playlist, and sending and receiving of voice-to-text messages, as well as directions through Apple Maps. As with CarPlay function in many other models, the feature will require a physical USB connection to the vehicle. A similar update enabling some Android Auto features may be coming as well but has not been officially announced. The update is available at dealers or can be downloaded directly by owners at owner.ford.com.