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Ford Launches Improved 'Sync 3' Platform, Junks MyFord Touch

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The company also plans to dump Microsoft's digital backbone for Sync 3 in favor of the QNX operating system by BlackBerry. Microsoft underpinned Sync from the start, but just as in other areas of technology, the market and competitors have outstripped Microsoft’s once-leading position.

What car buyers and owners will experience, Ford said, is a simpler Sync 3 that is designed to be more intuitive and quicker than the current system. So its 8-inch touch screen is the same size as with MyFord Touch but text is larger, touch zones are larger and background colors are brighter, making it look more like a smartphone navigation screen. Voice controls are more responsive to conversational language and use simpler terms to “talk back” if the system doesn’t understand what the human is saying.
 

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I might be in the extreme minority, but I rented a 2013 Fusion for 9 days and came away with a very positive impression of MFT. After about 45 minutes, I had figured out how to do pretty much everything I would want to do with it and never looked at the manual. I only had one minor hiccup with the bluetooth streaming, but after turning the radio off and on, it fixed itself.
 

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The transition away from Microsoft Auto was inevitable. As igor mentioned, Microsoft lags badly in this arena.

So far, only Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains committed to Microsoft Auto (for Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5) among major OEM automobile infotainment systems. BMW abandoned Microsoft for VxWorks and later QNX for its iDrive system; Kia went to Android for UVO; and now Ford joins the QNX club for SYNC.

Thankfully, GM avoided the Microsoft fiasco altogether by using QNX and embedded Linux for its recent infotainment systems. :tup::
 

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The transition away from Microsoft Auto was inevitable. As igor mentioned, Microsoft lags badly in this arena.

So far, only Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains committed to Microsoft Auto (for Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5) among major OEM automobile infotainment systems. BMW abandoned Microsoft for VxWorks and later QNX for its iDrive system; Kia went to Android for UVO; and now Ford joins the QNX club for SYNC.

Thankfully, GM avoided the Microsoft fiasco altogether by using QNX and embedded Linux for its recent infotainment systems. :tup::
I'm pretty sure QNX is responsible for UConnect (which is why it works so well).
 

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First time I played with QNX was in the mid/late 90s. It was touted as the only OS small and efficient enough to be installed and booted off a 1.44MB floppy with a graphical UI.
All this is made possible by the inherently compact design of the kernel. Brilliant stuff.
 

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Works flawlessly in my BlackBerry Passport and in critical industrial applications, so it's really no surprise that QNX is the industry standard.
 

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I have MFT in my 2014 Explorer and in a year its only barfed once - this is compared to the Nav in my '08 Enclave which barfed and hung multiple times a year.

The MFT interface is pretty nice but a bit laggy - some faster hardware would do wonders for the interface.

I have UConnect in my Jeep and while it "works", its very basic looking - that is my only issue with the QNX stuff as the graphics come off as very 90'ish. The MFT is very crisp and looks high resolution.

Anyhow - this is a mute point as I hope my next purchase just interfaces with my phone :)
 

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I have UConnect in my Jeep and while it "works", its very basic looking - that is my only issue with the QNX stuff as the graphics come off as very 90'ish. The MFT is very crisp and looks high resolution.
QNX is just the base operating Kernel and API's the UI is fully up to the customer. The VW group has put some very nice UI's onto it's QNX enabled system. FCA needs to invest more into it's UI design if people find it frumpy.

That being said designing the UI is not easy. You need it to be high tech to be leading edge yet it needs to be simple and clean enough for your grandmother to use. It's a difficult balance.

Here is just a taste of what QNX can do:
 

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They did a really nice job with that CLA. I remember the original presentation of it, but they've also done a Bentley and more recently a Jeep as well. Amazing stuff they do there and gorgeous UI.
 

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I might be in the extreme minority, but I rented a 2013 Fusion for 9 days and came away with a very positive impression of MFT. After about 45 minutes, I had figured out how to do pretty much everything I would want to do with it and never looked at the manual. I only had one minor hiccup with the bluetooth streaming, but after turning the radio off and on, it fixed itself.
You are not Extreme. MFT does work very well and I even have 80 something customers (non techies) catching on to it very quickly.

I believe it is a MS/Apple thing. MS and Android devices will do Voice-Text While Apple 4,5 devices won't. My ancient Rugby will do Voice-text.

Any time I go to show a customer how to program their phones to MFT, I have to apologize when they pull out an Apple Product.
 

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I might be in the extreme minority, but I rented a 2013 Fusion for 9 days and came away with a very positive impression of MFT. After about 45 minutes, I had figured out how to do pretty much everything I would want to do with it and never looked at the manual. I only had one minor hiccup with the bluetooth streaming, but after turning the radio off and on, it fixed itself.
My experience was the same, though the Microsoftesque reboots were frustrating! On the other hand I know far to many people running around with iPhones and Android phones who are lucky to figure out how to make phone calls and play candy crush.
 
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