Today, Ford is releasing a new software patch for somewhere in the vicinity of 5 million vehicles, model years 2011 and later, to add Siri Eyes-Free compatibility. Eligible vehicles must all have the second-generation of Ford’s SYNC infotainment system (called “MyFord Touch” in North America).
With the Siri Eyes-Free feature enabled, a driver need only press and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel to get the car’s infotainment system to “listen” for instruction. The system allows drivers to dial phone contacts, play music, get directions via Apple Maps, and more. The user must have a compatible Apple iPhone paired to the Ford SYNC system in order for Siri Eyes-Free to work.
Says Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Director Sherif Marakby: “SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel. Siri Eyes-Free is another great voice-activated feature that not only adds convenience but helps our customers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
Interested Ford owners with compatible vehicles can acquire the Siri Eyes-Free software patch at the Ford Owner website.