Looking away from the road for more than a few seconds is a factor in 80 % of car accidents (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute).
Manually dialing a hand-held phone while driving was 2.7 times riskier than normal driving. However, talking or listening on a phone while driving was not riskier than normal driving (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute).
People spend an average of 25 seconds with their eyes off the road – through multiple glances – when choosing a song to play using a hand held device (ex. I-pod) compared with 2 seconds when using SYNC (Ford Motor Company Study) .
By seamlessly integrating with your mobile phone, SYNC allows you to enjoy many of your phone's features. SYNC conveniently displays Caller ID, call waiting, conference calling, a caller log, contact list and a signal strength icon on your radio's display screen.
Audible Text Messages
With the touch of a button, SYNC will read incoming texts to you in an easy-to-understand voice. SYNC is even smart enough to translate commonly used phrases and emoticons such as "LOL" and :).
If you're in the middle of a call as you enter your vehicle, there's no need to hang up and call the person back. When you enter your vehicle, SYNC can instantly connect to your phone.
Multiple Phone Support
For family members who share the same vehicle, up to 12 phones can easily be paired with the system. Should more than one paired phone be present in the vehicle at the same time, SYNC will attempt to contact the designated primary phone first.
SYNC will recognize your ringtone on supported phones and play it when your phone rings. If you've configured unique ringtones to identify individual callers, SYNC will automatically play those too.
Automatic Phonebook Synchronization
SYNC automatically transfers the names and numbers programmed in your mobile phonebook from your compatible phone to the SYNC system to save you time and trouble.
Media Device Features It's never been easier to control your media library. Just plug in your compatible MP3 player or USB drive, and SYNC does the rest. Browse your MP3 player by artist, genre or title, or listen to audiobooks and podcasts - all with simple voice commands. SYNC even charges your MP3 player . Most popular media players and file formats are compatible with SYNC SYNC supports a variety of devices and most USB drives. Supported audio formats include MP3, AAC, WMA and WAV.
Browse your MP3 player collection by genre, album, artist, playlist and song title using simple voice commands, such as "Play Genre: Rock," "Play [Artist]," or "Play Track: [Song Title]."
USB Device Charging
You will never have to worry about running out of music while traveling on long trips out on the open road. Your media player automatically charges whenever it's plugged into the system's USB port and the vehicle is running.
A simple voice instruction of "Similar Music" is all it takes to listen to more music in the style of the selection you are currently listening to. SYNC will automatically create a virtual playlist based on the genre and style of the current song.
Podcast and Audiobook Support
SYNC does more than just music. With its support for podcasts and audiobooks, you can listen to your favorite podcasts while you drive or listen to that spy novel or best seller that's been on your "to read" list.
Media Device Features Bluetooth ® Streaming Audio If your mobile phone or media device supports Bluetooth ® streaming audio, SYNC can wirelessly stream music tracks from the device to your vehicle's sound system.
Directly connect to an emergency operator in the event of an accident.
Triggered by airbag deployment or fuel pump shutoff
Allows hands-free communication with a 911 operator
Delivers emergency message if you're unable to speak
Unlike other crash notification services, 911 Assist does not require the customer to sign up and pay for a costly monthly service subscription; SYNC uses a customer’s existing mobile phone. Also, a key advantage of the system is speed, since calls are placed directly to the local 911 operators ― not a third party call center, as with other competitive systems.
SYNC Services The SYNC Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) service is a subscription-based service that includes precise Turn-by-Turn directions, personalized Real-Time Traffic updates with text alerts, Business Search, Entertainment, News, Sports, Stocks, Travel and Weather. All at the tip of your tongue, right over your vehicle's audio system using advanced vehicle sensors, integrated GPS technology and comprehensive map and traffic data.
SYNC with Turn-by-Turn Directions make it easy to get the information you need, right when you need it. With advanced vehicle sensors, integrated GPS technology, and comprehensive map and traffic data, you'll have the info you need whenever you need it.
Need directions? No problem. SYNC with Turn-by-Turn Directions will get you where you want to go by delivering voice directions to your destination over your audio system's speakers.
Just say "Traffic" and SYNC delivers helpful on-the-road information. Receive updates on the traffic conditions ahead or directions to where you're going right over your vehicle's sound system.
SYNC can automatically connect you to a database of more than 14 million U.S. business listings, then provide Turn-by-Turn Directions based on your vehicle's location.
You already get the information you want – news, sports and weather –personalized the way you want it. Now you can receive horoscopes, stocks and movies.
If you travel, this feature will provide you with essential information. Using simple voice commands, receive helpful information for airlines, rental cars, hotels, taxis, weather and driving directions.
SYNC Services Send to SYNC® With Send to SYNC, you can use Google® Maps or MapQuest® via your laptop or desktop to locate a destination, then send it directly to your vehicle's SYNC system for directions.