A smarter, safer, simpler way
to connect drivers with in-car
technologies and their digital lives
Driver Connect Technology
– Powered by SYNC –
The Revolution: MyFord
The MyFord™ driver connect technology project began after a thorough review of current interior design – and its limitations –
considering the abundance of new and emerging technologies. After studying vehicle communications trends and the ways drivers
were using technology inside their vehicles, it was evident that the current way of interacting with car and truck technology was
rapidly becoming obsolete. MyFord, along with MyLincoln™ and MyMercury™, will pioneer the next-generation vehicle experience for
customers around the world.
When using telephone prompt menus
or the SYNC system in a Ford vehicle,
advances in voice control have made
speaking commands a common
method of system control. MyFord
Touch and MyLincoln Touch introduce
new flattened grammar voice-control
systems that simplify common
commands and introduce voice
control for more features, like audio
tuning and climate control.
Found on MP3 players, mobile phones and even television remote controls, the 5-way
button has become the most common multifunction control in modern electronics.
MyFord uses 5-way buttons mounted on the steering wheel, naturally placed for a
driver’s thumbs, to control menu commands and select functions.
Appearing on more products every day, the touch screen is becoming the defacto
standard for multifunction displays, replacing less-intuitive “soft keys.” MyFord Touch
and MyLincoln Touch use an 8-inch touch screen to control four major in-vehicle
systems: phone, navigation, climate control and entertainment.
Changing Vehicle Interiors
Modern vehicle interiors industry-wide have come a long way in terms of comfort, fit-and-finish and safety, but they’ve had a difficult
time keeping up with the rapid growth of new infotainment technologies. Consumers are insisting on simpler interfaces even as
they’re demanding more in-car connectivity, more options and more information – a dilemma known as “simplexity.” And the pace of
advancement is expected to continue unabated, posing a growing problem for drivers and engineers alike.
MyFord addresses the infotainment explosion, launching vehicle interiors into the realm of popular personal electronics, such as
laptop computers, mobile phones, digital cameras and MP3 players.
MyFord Touch Driver Connect Technology
1 Reconfigurable instrument panel LCD
screens integrate with central speedometer.
2 5-way steering wheel-mounted “smart
buttons” mimic common consumer
3 Large multifunction 8-inch touch screen
LCD in center stack capable of displaying
entertainment, navigation, phone and
climate control information.
4 Manageable number of touch-sensitive
buttons for key controls.
5 Large dials for system volume and fan
6 Media Hub providing multiple inputs: two
USB ports, SD card slot and RCA inputs.
MyFord Touch™ driver connect technology, powered by SYNC, replaces many of the traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and
gauges with clear, colorful LCD screens and 5-way buttons. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to
each individual driver using a simple button click, voice command or touch screen tap.
the four corners
Color is used
to give drivers
the central 8-inch
display and the
with an orange background, navigation with green, climate
control with blue, and entertainment functions with red.
powered by sync
Behind the displays of MyFord
Touch driver connect technology,
the next generation of the
company’s award-winning SYNC
system runs the show, built using Microsoft’s Windows
Embedded Auto software platform. SYNC has evolved from a
stand-alone module for communication and entertainment and
has become a fully integrated operating system for Ford vehicles
with MyFord Touch – a technology that will become the global
operating system architecture for all future Ford products.
Selected user settings can be programmed to individual vehicle
keys, allowing two members of the same household to share a
car, yet each have their personalized settings take effect when
they use their unique keys. Settings also can be downloaded to
a USB drive and imported into another MyFord-equipped vehicle,
instantly transferring the driver’s preferences.
MyFord Touch with Sony Audio System: Premium audio complements
the signature interface
In addition to the features incorporated into the
MyFord Touch system, MyFord Touch with Sony
Audio System adds:
1 Sony-designed center stack panel with piano
2 Multifunction Sony controller dial for audio
3 Unique touch-sensitive switches for selected
The heart of the Sony audio
system is its extraordinary
sound quality. Comprised
of 12 high-quality speakers
and a Class D all-digital
amplifier, the Sony
system has the ability to
pump out 390 watts of
continuous power (RMS).
Further, Dolby Pro Logic®
II technology creates true
virtual 5.1 channel surround
sound throughout the
car for a unique listening
Consistent with Sony home
audio products, the audio
portion of the control panel
is divided into “Source” and
“Sound” sections, allowing
customers to select the
input (AM/FM radio, HD
Radio™ broadcasts, SIRIUS
satellite radio, CD, media
players) and tune the sound
with bass, treble, fade
and balance inputs on the
MyFord Touch with Sony Audio System
An upgrade to the MyFord Touch system, MyFord Touch with Sony®
Audio System adds a Sony-designed electronic finish panel with
a high-gloss black finish and unique treatment of the touch-controlled buttons. The Sony panel is completely flat (except for the center
knob), so the touch cells are executed as circular “landing zones” for the finger.
In addition to the usual audio and
climate control features, the touch-
sensitive technology also operates
the volume and fan controls, which
is unique to Lincoln. Customers
can swipe along the volume
slider to increase or decrease
the volume, with a white chaser
light following finger movements.
There are 10 distinct touchpoints
within the slider; three full swipes
bring the system to maximum
volume. Customers also can
touch anywhere along the slider
to get a corresponding increase or
decrease in volume.
MyLincoln Touch: Elegant and Powerful
MyLincoln Touch also provides three full-color screens that offer a wide variety of information to the driver, along with touch-sensitive
buttons and sliders for basic climate control switching and audio functions. MyLincoln Touch presents a softer, more muted color
scheme to the driver, in keeping with Lincoln design standards, and will be the standard interior interface on all future Lincoln vehicles.
The electronic finish panel on the 2011 Lincoln MKX demonstrates all the advantages of the new touch-sensitive technology in a
beautiful, engaging package. When activated, the buttons display amber light. When turned off, the signature Lincoln White lighting
1 Two 4.2-inch LCD screens flanking the central speedometer.
2 An 8-inch touch screen in the center stack provides control
of connected phones, navigation system, climate control and
3 Touch-sensitive switches for high-level climate control and
4 Volume control touch “fingertip slider” bar – Lincoln exclusive.
5 Fan speed control touch “slider” bar – Lincoln exclusive.
The Instrument Panel (IP) Displays
MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch use two 4.2-inch LCD screens flanking the central speedometer to provide information to the driver
at a glance. The displays can be adjusted and their contents personalized using the two steering wheel-mounted 5-way controllers
for easy one-click changes.
MyFord uses touch-sensitive technology for many center stack media and climate controls. The technology uses “touch cells,” which
create a miniature, undetectable electric field; a finger – even a thin-gloved one – breaks the field and causes the cell to go on or off
like a traditional switch.
Touch-sensitive switchgear means there are no true buttons to push – a tap or swipe of the finger does the job. Illumination, along with
an audible beep, confirms activation. Depending on the trim level, touch cells on MyFord control items such as volume, radio seek,
radio station tuning, CD track seek, defrosters and air conditioning.
Vehicle information is presented in a
4.2-inch full-color LCD to the left of
the centrally mounted speedometer.
Many of the MyFord personalization
functions are accessed through the
left display, including driver assist
settings, vehicle settings, gauge
functions and units of temperature
The right display contains infotainment information:
audio settings, climate control, phone communications
and navigation menus. This information duplicates the
information available on the central 8-inch touch screen
display, though the function being controlled can differ
from the main screen currently displayed on the 8-inch
screen. For example, the driver could be choosing a
song with the 5-way controller and IP display while the
8-inch touch screen shows a navigation map.
MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch make personalization at the touch of a button intuitive by using the 5-way controls on the steering
wheel for most functions.
Along with personalization, portability of display settings also is engineered into MyFord. Selected user settings can be programmed to
individual vehicle keys. This allows two members of the same household to share a car; each can then have personalized settings take
effect with his or her unique key. Settings also can be downloaded to a USB drive and exported to another MyFord-equipped vehicle,
instantly transferring the driver’s preferences.
Home Screen Display One-touch
One of the most common in-car
adjustments – setting the vehicle
temperature – can be reduced
to a single button push using the
Once a driver saves a
temperature using MyTemp,
any subsequent touch of
the MyTemp button will
automatically change to this
set temperature. If other drivers
have used the vehicle and
adjusted settings, the driver can
quickly and conveniently return
to his or her preferred setting by
touching the MyTemp button.
Temperature settings also can
be stored on multiple drivers’
unique keys as part of MyFord’s
Vehicle Settings Personalization
Vehicle information is
presented in a 4.2-inch
full-color LCD to the left
of the centrally mounted
speedometer. The display is
controlled using the 5-way
button located on the left side
of the steering wheel, allowing
drivers to intuitively access
vehicle functions without
having to reach for a dash-
mounted switch or remove
their hands from the wheel.
Driver assist settings
• Traction control on/off
• Blind Spot Information
• Cross Traffic Alert on/off
• Cruise control, adaptive or
• Front Park Assist on/off
• Rear Park Assist on/off
• Trailer Sway Control on/off
• Autolamp delay in seconds
• Fuel, distance-to-empty and
• Locks, autolock and auto-
• Menu control, standard or
• Power liftgate, enable/disable
• Remote start climate control
• Remote start run-time
• Windows, remote
• Wipers, courtesy wipe and
rain-sensing wiper on/off
• Gauge display with
tachometer; tach and fuel
level; or tach, fuel level and
• Trip display
• Language (English, French,
• Distance, miles or
degrees in F or C
The 8-inch touch screen that forms the heart of MyFord
Touch can be personalized using one of three available
1 Quiet: Basic information is shown nested in the four
corners, but the majority of the screen is devoted to
a driver-selected “wallpaper” image.
2 Smart Corners: Predetermined buttons with the
most popular top level functions are displayed in
each of the quadrants.
3 Shortcuts: The screen is populated with driver-
selected “hot buttons” that are fully personalized,
and can include hot buttons from nearly any
controllable function in the system.
Since a couple sharing a car may have two very
different preferences in the amount of information MyFord
delivers, programmable keys help ensure each partner
will get their particular home screen – and their particular
MyFord experience – when they enter the car with their
Regardless of personalization level, the four main function corners and their respective
colors remain the same, helping drivers intuitively navigate the vehicle systems.
The Four Corners of MyFord
Central to the MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch experience is the 8-inch touch screen LCD in the center stack. The touch screen
groups functions into four categories: phone, navigation, climate control and entertainment. Any of those four categories can be
made “active,” occupying the main screen, by touching the function’s respective corner. The following examples represent just a
snapshot of the touch screen’s functionality; many more features are available in each category.
The main phone screen presents the user with a familiar telephone numeric keypad for
direct dialing, along with buttons for functions such as speed dialing, phone book, call log,
text messaging and general communications settings. SYNC also provides hands-free
dialing and communications control.
Drivers have current source information displayed in the center of the screen – in this
instance, SIRIUS satellite radio. Along the left-hand side of the screen are function
buttons, allowing listeners to select SIRIUS satellite radio, CD, portable MP3 players,
SD card, USB drives, and to browse available albums. The right-hand list shows
choices particular to the active source – in this case, SIRIUS satellite radio presets.
Climate control functions can be controlled through the touch screen in addition to the
sliders and buttons located on the center stack. By cycling menus to the foreground
and background, the passenger controls and rear climate controls also can be brought
to the forefront, adjusted, then minimized to keep the screen clearer.
When the navigation tab is selected, the touch screen displays selected destination infor-
mation, or allows the user to input a new destination. Turn-by-turn directions delivered by
SYNC Traffic, Directions Information will be graphically displayed on the screen. When
optioned with the map-based SD card navigation capability, the system will render full 3D
landscapes and feature SIRIUS Travel Link™ information and improved POI details from
New Capabilities, Powered by SYNC
Ford created a new generation of SYNC, which evolved with the expressed mission to control the functionality behind Ford’s new
MyFord driver connect technology. MyFord was engineered to provide a safer, smarter way to connect drivers with in-car technologies
and their digital lives. MyFord is an interface. Much like a PC monitor, keyboard and mouse are useless without a computer to which
they can connect, MyFord needs SYNC as its CPU and operating system.
As the brains behind MyFord, SYNC needed to conform to MyFord’s four core design principles: be connected; be clear; be attentive;
be approachable. To accomplish that goal, the new generation of SYNC takes the best features from the original system and adds an
array of new functionality, all controlled through the MyFord interface.
• Use of flattened, more conversational grammar, letting
users perform voice-activated tasks using fewer
• Phone book transfer capability.
• 3D carousel phone book photo browser.
• Contact photos displayed when making/receiving calls.
• Birthday notifications.
• Improved audible text message reader with use of
Bluetooth Message Access Protocol (MAP)
• Simplified voice command structure through the
use of flattened syntax.
• Drivers can perform more tasks using fewer words
thanks to expanded SYNC vocabulary that now
recognizes more than 10,000 first-level commands.
• Improvements in microphone placement, voice
engine and use of Gracenote®
MediaVOCS™ help SYNC recognize more voices
and commands with better accuracy.
• All SYNC services, including Traffic, Directions Information,
911 Assist™ and Vehicle Health Report, are enhanced via
LCD screens, with new graphics, additional information and
personalization options available.
• Traffic, Directions Information offers personalized traffic
reports, turn-by-turn directions with visual directional cues,
business search, sports, news and weather via SYNC.
• Downloadable destinations when coupled with the SD card
• Vehicle Health Report will download service reminders and
vehicle information directly to the in-car displays.
• Improved 911 Assist capability with GPS location and
vehicle-specific information delivery.
• Choose media sources, including AM/FM Radio, CD,
HD Radio™ Technology, SIRIUS satellite radio, portable
MP3 players, USB drives and SD cards.
• Play video files while in Park from sources connected by
USB, SD card or RCA inputs.
• 3D carousel album cover art support via Gracenote®
cover art display even when it is not on the media. Photo
viewing is also supported.
• Use voice commands for most radio functions, including AM/
FM Radio, HD Radio™ Technology and SIRIUS satellite radio.
• SIRIUS Game Finder application will facilitate automatic
voice tuning for desired sporting events using commands
such as “Tune to Detroit Lions game” or “Show NBA games.”
• WiFi signal receiver for in-car Internet access and available
built-in web browser for use when vehicle is in Park.
• Internet connectivity via USB broadband modem turning
vehicle into mobile hot spot for passengers while vehicle is in
• Available RSS reader with feeds programmed by driver,
updated during WiFi connection and read aloud by text-to-
• Ambient lighting control using a 3D carousel.
• Custom welcome messages.
• Saved and transferrable user settings that can be ported
between Ford vehicles.
• Where available, Active Park Assist and Rear View Camera
HD Radio™ and the HD Radio logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corporation.
• True map-based navigation available as an upgrade on
MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles via available SD card
inserted in the Media Hub.
• Landmarks rendered in 3D help provide more accurate
• SIRIUS Travel Link™ provides visual traffic, weather, sports
scores, fuel prices and movie times, while Wcities enables
enhanced point-of-interest (POI) information including
restaurant ratings and amenities.
Map-Based Navigation Functions
MyFord and SYNC: Technology Partners and Specifications
Once Ford identified the need for a new overall interface for its global vehicle lines, additional technical teams were brought in early
in the process to help add expertise. While Ford engineered the overall design, architecture and hardware/software requirements,
a number of companies played key roles in making SYNC and MyFord a world-class driver connect technology.
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Freescale i.MX51 SOC:
Core CPU: ARM Cortex A8 @ 600 mHz
2D/3D graphics controller
2GB NAND flash memory
8-inch LCD/touch screen and/or 4.2-inch LCD
Media Hub with USB ports, SD card slot
and RCA A/V jacks
Core Operating Hardware
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