While many information and navigation systems offer voice recognition technology, few work quite as well as Ford’s SYNC system. Now for 2011, Ford’s infotainment system will do an even better job with recognizing commands thanks to a new update. It will also be able to receive “send-to-car” directions from Google Maps.
Capable of recognizing more than 10,000 commands, the latest version of SYNC is designed to reduce the frustrations felt when interacting with systems that don’t recognize commands so easily. Developed with the help of Nuance, this new system will recognize different words that mean the same thing. For example, it will be able to distinguish “play track” or “play song” as the same command.
“Ford is committed to making voice recognition the primary user interface inside of the car because it allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel,” said Jim Buczkowski, director of Ford electronics and electrical systems engineering. “The improvements we’ve made will make it easier for drivers to use and interact with it, even those customers that have never used voice recognition before.”
According to Ford Dealer PA, in addition to SYNC’s voice recognition updates, drivers will also be able to send directions from Google Maps on their computer directly to their SYNC-equipped vehicle. This feature works whether or not the vehicle has a navigation system.
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