New SYNC Software Update Adds Bluetooth MAP Standard; Ford Poised to Give More Drivers Safer Texting Alternatives

October 31, 2011

sync software update

Ford has released its latest free SYNC® software update, G1 V3.2.2, to give more SYNC users the ability to have text messages read aloud to them while driving.

Tailored for owners of select SYNC-equipped 2011 and early-release 2012 vehicles, the update includes the emerging Message Access Profile (MAP) Bluetooth® standard, which is custom-made for the automotive hands-free environment and outlines a set of features and procedures used to exchange email, SMS and MMS between devices – in this case SYNC and the smartphone. 

Last year, Ford announced it was voluntarily integrating MAP into SYNC for all 2011 MyFord Touch®-equipped vehicles and is now extending the capability to the broader SYNC user community – with thousands of 2011 and 2012 vehicles equipped with the first generation SYNC system.

“A limited population of phones has the capability to work with the text message readback feature of SYNC,” said Mark Porter, supervisor of SYNC Product Development. “With our initial adoption of MAP for our latest generation of SYNC and our recent efforts to integrate it into our previous variations of the system, we hope we are setting an example that encourages more collaboration between Ford, the phonemakers and the wireless industry to help drivers find smarter alternatives to hand-held texting while on the road.”

According to Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), MAP adoption by mobile device manufacturers is still in its infancy but the growth needle is starting to quiver.

“Texting is becoming a ubiquitous part of our day, so it stands to reason the remote message access profile is an essential addition for handsets, automobiles, headsets and aftermarket car kits,” said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director Bluetooth SIG. “The Bluetooth MAP standard gives users the ability to simply and smartly manage incoming text messages from their vehicle while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. We are seeing significant uptake in MAP adoption among phonemakers, in particular with recent qualifications from manufacturers such as HTC, RIM, Samsung and LG.”

Ready for an update

Since SYNC launched in 2007, Ford has offered several significant and simple software-based updates. And owners are taking advantage, with software downloads recorded on http://www.syncmyride.com ranging up to nearly 14,000 each month in 2011.

Major SYNC updates that have been released to date include:

•G1 V2.0 – availability of 911 Assist™ and Vehicle Health Report for 2008 SYNC-equipped vehicles (dealership installation required) (December 2008)

•G1 V3.0/V3.1 – availability of SYNC Services for Traffic, Directions and Information services for 2010 SYNC-equipped vehicles (June 2009)

•G1 V3.2 –  improved voice command structure, constant display of turn-by-turn directions and GPS coordinates for 911 Assist for 2011 SYNC-equipped vehicles (April 2010)

•G1 V4.0 – AppLink™ software application for hands-free voice control of smartphone apps for the 2011 Ford Fiesta only (December 2010)

•G1 V3.2.2 (non-AppLink)/V4.0.2 (AppLink-equipped) – increased MAP support for select 2011 and early-release 2012 SYNC-equipped vehicles with AppLink such as Ford Mustang (May 2011)

Ford owners interested in finding out if their SYNC-equipped vehicle is eligible for any of the available SYNC updates can visit http://www.syncmyride.com and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If eligible, owners can simply download the update to a USB memory stick and bring into their vehicle for installation through SYNC’s USB port.

Fuller Ford’s friendly sales and service staff can help you with all of your Ford SYNC questions. Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s leader for the hottest, cutting-edge, most fuel efficient vehicles available. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check us out on the web at http://www.fullerisford.com.

 


2011 Ford Fiesta: Safety and Security

June 30, 2010

The all new 2011 Fiesta is big on safety, offering a host of accident avoidance and occupant protection features to help keep drivers and passengers safe. Here’s a quick overview of some key Fiesta safety and security features.

SEVEN STANDARD AIRBAGS

Fiesta comes with seven standard airbags, including:

  • Driver knee – Located under the instrument panel, the class-exclusive driver knee airbag works along with the driver’s front airbag to help reduce injury to legs. When the driver’s airbag deploys in a collision, the knee airbag deploys from under the instrument panel
  • Front, dual-stage – Deploy high or low output, or not at all, depending on the severity of the frontal crash to make sure the appropriate level of airbag pressure is used
  • Front-seat side – Side-impact airbags help protect front-seat occupants in certain side collisions. The airbags deploy from the sides of the front seatbacks to help protect occupants’ chest.
  • Side curtain – Combined with the front-seat side airbags, the side curtain airbags help provide protection for both head and chest in certain side-impact collisions for all outboard seating positions. These airbags are designed to slide between the glass and the occupant as it inflates

STRUCTURAL SAFETY

More than 50 percent of the Fiesta body structure is made from ultra-high-strength, lightweight boron steel, which helps protect occupant safety zones

SECURILOCK PASSIVE ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM

This system enhances Fiesta security by using an electronically coded ignition key (with billions of possible codes) designed to help prevent the engine from being started unless a coded key programmed to the vehicle is used.

PERSONAL SAFETY SYSTEM

The Ford Personal Safety System tailors airbag usage to the severity of the crash, driver and passenger safety belt use, driver’s seat position and passenger classification. System components include:

  • Dual-state driver and front passenger airbags
  • Electronic front crash severity sensor
  • Driver’s-seat position sensor
  • Front outboard safety belt usage sensor
  • Restraint Control Module
  • Front outboard safety belt energy management retractors
  • Front outboard safety belt pretensioners
  • “Smart” Front Passenger Sensing System

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS)

  • This accident-avoidance feature is a sensor-based system that alerts the driver to significant under inflation in any of the tires, excluding the spare
  • Pressure sensors in the tires detect actual tire pressure and activate a warning light in the vehicle’s instrument cluster when a tire is significantly underinflated

SOS POST CRASH ALERT SYSTEM

This system helps give Fiesta drivers added peace of mind by automatically:

  • Activating the hazard flashers and sounding the horn after a crash in which the airbags deploy. This can help make the vehicle easier to locate if the accident happens off the roadway

ADVANCETRAC ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

AdvanceTrac helps the driver maintain vehicle stability in adverse driving situations or when making evasive maneuvers on slippery pavement.

  • Monitors vehicle’s cornering behavior with steering angle, lateral acceleration and yaw rate sensors, and automatically makes braking and throttle adjustments to match vehicle’s direction to the driver’s intention using Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Control components
  • AdvanceTrac automatically activates whenever the vehicle is started, but may be turned off for certain situations such as when “rocking” a vehicle stuck in mud or snow

TRACTION CONTROL

Included with AdvanceTrac, Fiesta also comes standard with Traction Control, which uses a combination of brake and/or engine control to maximize available traction on slippery or loose driving surfaces at any speed.

911 ASSIST

This safety feature is part of SYNC and assists occupants in placing a 911 call in certain vehicle crashes by using a properly paired mobile phone inside the vehicle.

  • SYNC can use a properly paired mobile phone to place the 911 call
  • Occupants can cancel the call by pressing and holding the phone button on the steering wheel, or by confirming the cancellation message on the Navigation System screen
  • Connects to a 911 operator informing them of the accident
  • Opens the SYNC microphone to allow vehicle occupants to communicate hands-free with the 911 operator

Fuller Ford looks forward to the arrival of the all new 2011 Ford Fiesta this summer. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the Ford Fiesta! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s leader for the hottest, cutting-edge, most fuel efficient vehicles available. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller can customize your Fiesta to your style. Order your Fiesta today at http://www.fullerisford.com/2011-fiesta.aspx.


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