The 2016 Ford Escape just hints at the new SYNC Connect technology that will be in the 2017 Escape.

Ford Announces New SYNC Connect Technology for 2017 Ford Escape

The 2016 Ford Escape just hints at the new SYNC Connect technology that will be in the 2017 Escape.

The 2016 Ford Escape just hints at the new SYNC Connect technology that will be in the 2017 Escape.

Ford has recently stated that the 2017 Ford Escape will be the first vehicle to feature its new SYNC Connect technology.

With SYNC Connect, an owner will be able to access his or her vehicle via a smartphone app, which will allow them to do everything from remotely starting their automobiles, to checking the vehicle’s tire pressure and fuel levels, all from their smartphones.

A built in modem is included with the new Escape, and that’s what the new SYNC Connect technology will be linking to in order to execute all of its remote functions. In addition, a two-step authorization process will be required for users to access the system so that private information can be protected.

“New SYNC Connect provides convenience to Ford owners through an easy-to-use app,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “The technology helps you seamlessly integrate your vehicle into your lifestyle. Get locked out? Cold outside? Forget where you parked? No problem. Just use your smartphone.”

Ford will be providing five complimentary years of SYNC Connect service, but pricing for the technology after those initial five years has yet to be announced. Come learn more at Cambridge Classic Ford of Cambridge, OH!

Ford and Radio Disney Join Forces for Family Fun

Families will soon be able to enjoy listening to their favorite Disney content in the car. Ford and Radio Disney will now work together and Ford drivers will be able to stream the Radio Disney app via the Ford SYNC AppLink.

“While there are many music-streaming apps currently compatible with AppLink, Radio Disney is the first family-oriented music app,” said Julius Marchwicki, Ford Connected Services Product manager, in a statement. “Drivers will be able to keep the entire family entertained while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel.”

2014 Escape Interior - Radio DisneyFord is the first automaker to integrate Radio Disney into its in-car infotainment system. All a driver has to do is sync his or her smartphone to the Ford SYNC system and then the touchscreen will display the Radio Disney musical selection along with play and pause buttons.

Radio Disney features 24 hours a day of family-friendly music devoted to kids and tweens. You can also listen to artist interviews and live performances. Nearly 21 million listeners tune in each week.

If your backseat riders are itching to listen to Radio Disney in the car, it will be available for Ford SYNC AppLink early this year.

A New System: Ford Sync 3 By QNX

Ford has recently announced that its new infotainment system, Ford Sync 3, will be programmed by Blackberry. That’s right. Ford is ending its partnership with Microsoft, the company that helped Ford built the original Sync.

ford sync 3 by qnxForbes asks, “Blackberry? In a post-iPhone world, could Ford be any more unhip?” The magazine then goes to explain why Ford’s decision may be the hippest of all. We here at Cambridge Classic Ford are excited about the change and look forward to sharing Ford’s new system.

The biggest reason we should like the change is that although we see the Blackberry name, the company who is actually doing the work this time is QNX, a very reputable subsidiary of Blackberry.

QNX is already working with a number of other major manufacturers, so building infotainment systems is very familiar for them.  They are known for their expertise in safety and security.  As Forbes puts it, “QNX’s history with autos makes the company particularly aware of these issues.”  Expect these areas to be tip-top in the new Ford Sync 3 by QNX.

Learn More about Your Mustang with the New 2015 Mustang App

Are there buttons in your car that you’ve never used, but wondered what they’re for? If so, you can always dig out your owner’s manual and attempt to find the right page, or if you drive a 2015 Ford Mustang, let your smartphone do all the work.

Ford has announced a new 2015 Mustang app specifically for the all-new 2015 Mustang. In addition to trivia games, wallpapers, and ringtones, the app includes a feature that lets owners scan certain parts of the Mustang to learn more about certain features. You can even search for content to find exactly what you’re looking for.

“When it comes to new technology on Mustang, we focus on providing features the driver wants, and improving the driver’s experience behind the wheel,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, in a statement. “Making key pieces of owner’s guide information available through the app is just one more great feature we’ve delivered to our customers.”

And, if you’re lucky enough to own one of the 50 Years Limited Edition Ford Mustangs, you’ll have access to password protected exclusive content, including classic Mustang videos, various milestones in the Mustang’s 50-year history, and key design features that make the special edition unique.

The 2015 Ford Mustang app is available to download in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Just search for the “2015 Ford Mustang app.”

Will you be downloading this new app to complement your new Mustang?

SYNC and MyFord Touch: Fan Favorites

As a very technology forward and friendly company, Ford has always been at the forefront of vehicle innovations. Two of Ford’s favorite creations are the SYNC® and the MyFord Touch®. The SYNC® made its first appearance in 2007 and the MyFord Touch® followed just a few years later in 2010.  For the relatively new pair, tweaks to their already elevated systems are just perfecting them even more.

MyFord TouchWe all fell in love with the pair almost on sight and have been clamoring for more. In one of Ford’s recent press releases, it was revealed just how popular these technologies have grown. Together, the two systems are sold on 79 percent of 2013 Ford vehicles, which is up nearly ten percent from 2012. In fact, drivers stick with Ford specifically for its superior infotainment offering. Specifically, 53 percent of 2013 Escape drivers cited the MyFord Touch touch screen as their number one reason for purchasing the vehicle.

“Ford has launched 60 new technologies the past few years and they are helping attract many new customers in important markets such as the coasts,” reported Raj Nair, group vice president, global product development. “SYNC and MyFord Touch are key parts of our innovation strategy, and not only bring more new customers to our brand, but help deliver higher satisfaction with overall vehicle quality.”

Save Money on Insurance with Ford SYNC

Drivers of Ford and Lincoln vehicles equipped with the SYNC connectivity system may soon be able to save money on their insurance if they are insured through State Farm.

Since its creation, the SYNC system has provided drivers with unparalleled connectivity to their vehicle.  Drivers could make phone calls, select music from a variety of connected devices and control the climate of the vehicle with just the sound of their voice.  Now that same system can dramatically cut the cost of insurance premiums.

By utilizing the Vehicle Health Report feature in SYNC, State Farm is able to track how much someone is driving and adjust their insurance rates accordingly.  The program, known as State Farm’s Drive Safe & Save program, automatically saves drivers five percent on their insurance premiums for enrolling, but the savings can be even larger.

Customers who drive less than 12,000 miles per year can save even more, and the rates continue to decrease as the miles decrease.  Someone who drives fewer than 1,000 miles annually can save as much as 40 percent on insurance costs.

The Drive Safe & Save program will launch in Utah later this year before becoming available in other states.

MyFord Touch Gets an Update

Since its debut, the MyFord Touch connectivity system has been a huge success, even ranking as an important part of a consumers vehicle purchase decision. In fact, 56 percent of 2011 and 2012 model buyers said in owner surveys that SYNC and MyFord Touch were important in their purchase decision.

The popular system is now receiving an upgrade, launching on the 2013 Ford Taurus and Flex models, as well as for current customers with eligible systems. For those who currently own a Ford with the MyFord Touch system, Ford will mail out MyFord Touch upgrade packages that include a USB flash drive with the updated software, a notification letter, detailed instructions for the 60-minute download, and an updated SD card with all-new map data for those who have the navigation option.

The touch screen interface has been enhanced with simpler graphics and bolder text that is easier to use. The response time of the touch screen is much faster now, so drivers can focus more on driving and less on the screen. The voice controls also provide even better recognition then before, allowing drivers to tell their cars what to do while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.  Ford engineers also added new features, including better phone compatibility, support of tablet computers and Audible audiobooks, and improved navigation maps, including destination entry.

For customers who would prefer help with upgrading their system, visit your local Ford dealer for installation of the system upgrade.