Ford soon to offer WIFI-ready rides

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Dec 26, 2009
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Can't live without the Internet? Then you'd better watch for Ford's next-generation SYNC system.

Ford hopes to leapfrog its mobile infotainment-obsessed competitors by making SYNC in Ford vehicles WiFi-ready. The current system allows vehicle users to run select mobile devices like phones and music players via voice command.

Since the SYNC system is factory-installed, the hardware is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle whereas aftermarket systems require often require a receiver and a transmitter that take up valuable cabin space.

Current SYNC users can also take advantage of the technology through a software upgrade and a USB mobile broadband stick.

"Constant connectivity is becoming a routine part of our customers' lives, and we're making existing technology more accessible without adding costs: That's the kind of value Ford drivers have learned to expect," said Mark Fields, president of Ford in the Americas.

This is all good if you're a passenger, but if you happen to be the driver, it's still best that you keep your eyes on the road and not on your Facebook's Live Feed.

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In the local market, Ford's current SYNC system is found in the Expedition Eddie Bauer EL 4x4.

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