has been among the most widely disdained automotive infotainment systems on the market, practically since its introduction in 2010. Consumer Reports
was among the most vocal critics
, all but advocating its lynching by an angry mob armed with torches and pitchforks. Not surprisingly, then, after such a critical walloping, Ford
has finally decided to say goodbye to the unloved tech, declaring the end of MyFord Touch branding in favour of Sync 3 for its upcoming, all-new system.
Ford is promising everything you would expect from Sync 3, including faster response time, better voice-command integration, easier controls and a more useable interface. The screen layout includes fewer items to make them easier to discern, and the icons are made from large, high-contrast buttons. There's also a dedicated tab for apps at the bottom of the screen in addition to those for audio, climate, phone and navigation. Another useful feature is the fact that Sync 3 can download improvements over your home Wi-Fi for easier updates.
In addition to the revamped interface, the software running behind the scenes is a big change too. Rather than MyFord Touch's Microsoft-sourced system, Sync 3 uses the Blackberry-owned QNX
, according to Automotive News
. Such a switch was rumoured earlier this year
Drivers still have to live with MyFord Touch a little longer, though. According to Automotive News
, Ford said that the change to Sync 3 will happen during the 2016 model year with complete integration into the lineup by the end of the 2016 calendar year
. It will come standard on Titanium trim models and as a separate option will be priced in line with the current MyFord Touch. The Sync 3 brand will carry over to Lincoln
, too, but with a different look.
The gallery above shows
a few more looks at the interface, and we invite you to scroll down
to watch a video of Sync 3 in action and to read Ford's press release about it, below.