SYNC, Ford’s integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system will come in Europe inside the new B-MAX.
Ford SYNC is already available in the USA, although the B-MAX was making its first public appearance. 3.5 million people are expected to be using SYNC in Europe by 2015.
“The all-new Ford B-MAX is at the forefront of Ford’s plans to deliver SYNC to customers in Europe for the first time, and is the perfect vehicle for the job,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.
SYNC should make the car popular with small families, not least for the safety benefits of Emergency Assistance.
The system alerts emergency services as soon as an accident takes place, in the correct language for the region based on the GPS signal–so even if European drivers have an accident in a neighboring country, the system still works. Emergency Assistance makes the call if an airbag is fired or the fuel pump cut-off is activated.
Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president, research and innovation, said the emergency assistance feature will deliver “significant peace of mind to B-MAX customers.
“It will also do so at no extra cost to the user for the lifetime of the vehicle and without requiring a subscription or registration, unlike competitor systems,” he said.
The system can also read aloud incoming text messages and send replies with nothing more than voice commands from the driver.
SYNC’s European debut in the B-Max will take place at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. For further coverage from the show, check out our dedicated show page.
Mobile phone integration
Voice-activated, hands-free calling
Automatic phone book transfer
Support for advanced calling features
Ring tone support
Audible SMS messages
SYNC Applications: 911 Assist, AppLink, Traffic, Directions and Information, Vehicle Health Reports, Ford Work Solutions, Crew Chief, Garmin Nav, LogMeIn, Tool Link