Ford have released details of the upcoming SYNC 4, which is next generation infotainment system. It brings forth many new features and twice the computing power of the outgoing SYNC 3. SYNC 4 Infotainment will feature cloud connectivity as standard that includes both the navigation and voice control systems. The navigation will use frequently refreshed maps that will have all latest available traffic and construction information. Moreover, the advanced voice control system will be able to understand conversational requests. System graphics and interface has also been refreshed and adds new capabilities, depending on screen size and model.
All versions of SYNC 4 will be capable of multitasking by splitting the screen into larger and smaller windows. The infotainment system will be available on 8, 12 and portrait oriented 15.5-inch touchscreen displays. The system takes advantage of extra real estate with the addition of so-called Adaptive Dash Cards on the interface. These cards will feature recently used or popular features on the system. It replaces the need of having to navigate menus every time app is launched by the user. Chief Engineer of SYNC technology, Gary Jablonski said that regardless of the screen size chosen by Ford customers, they will get tailor-made experience from the vehicle. He further added that SYNC 4 will enable crisper displays and easier multi-tasking capabilities on the high-definition screens.
Other highlights in the SYNC 4 infotainment system includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with SYNC Applink applications such as Waze and Ford + Alexa. Moreover, both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will allow simultaneous operation on in-vehicle entertainment and smartphone navigation. It allows calls, music and other functionalities that can be controlled by a touchscreen display. New SYNC 4 system will debut on selected Ford models by 2020. It includes upcoming Mustang-inspired electric SUV judging by the screenshot attached.