This past Thursday, the Ford Motor Company introduced its newest in-car computer system, the Ford Sync 3, which will be running on Blackberry’s QNX software. The rumor that Ford was planning to drop Microsoft had been floating around for a while.
Ford introduced its first Sync ever, the MyFord Touch, back in 2007, but the Microsoft operating system-powered unit received numerous complaints from more than 22,000 Ford customers.
The motor company giant’s vehicle ratings have suffered significantly due to all of the bugs and issues of the MyFord Touch system and after 18 months of development, Ford is now replacing the faulty Microsoft-powered infotainment platform for the QNX platform, an infotainment platform that’s considered a leader in its market.
Ford is expecting to have the new Sync 3 installed in over half of its 2016 Ford and Lincoln model vehicles, which are expected to be available by late fall 2015 throughout the latter part of 2016.
The updated QNX in-car infotainment system has been designed more like that of a smartphone, and promises easier usage and a more natural voice command interface. The layout is has been simplified with larger fonts and a swipe-navigated touch screen with a pinch to zoom feature, a lot like most modern-day tablets. Physical buttons and dials will also be offered for those users who prefer physical controls over touch screens.
The QNX software platform also offers a faster, more intuitive system, with an 8-inch screen size and brighter background colors. An added feature for Apple iPhone users is its seamless integration with Apple’s SIRI virtual assistant technology. Additionally, with the reduction of the number on-screen items will make control easier by decreasing the number of times drivers have to look at the screen.
The new Ford Sync 3 system runs on completely different hardware, therefore vehicles that have shipped with older versions will be unable to run Sync 3.