Support for Siri, the popular virtual assistant app found on iOS, is now being included in an update that Ford is releasing to drivers who have it’s Sync-equipped infotainment system inside of their vehicles.
Sync has been included in many Ford vehicles since 2011. The popular in-car technology can help drivers sync up their smartphones to their cars, providing information for drivers that can be helpful along commutes.
In the newest update, Ford drivers can use voice commands to get data from the cloud that will help them along their journey. Using Sync, drivers can hook up their iPhone and get the most out of their smart devices while on the road.
Siri was originally supposed to be introduced in Ford cars back in October, however, that roll out was pushed back for reasons that Ford has not disclosed. Once the new Siri update is installed, users can hit the voice activation button on their steering wheels and begin communicating with Siri when their iPhone is connected to Sync.
“SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” says Sherif Markaby, Director at Ford’s Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering division.
Markaby went on to say that the most important feature of the new update will help drivers “keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
With the new update, drivers can make calls, listen to voicemails and stream music from the cloud and more. Drivers simply just need to ask Siri to do it for them. Ford drivers who are interested in updating their Sync infotainment system to include Siri can get the update from the Ford Owner’s portal website.