Ford Europe To Introduce SYNC Connect Before 2018

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Ford’s SYNC Connect system – first announced as a feature on the refreshed 2017 Ford Escape crossover in the US – will be offered by the end of next year in Europe, according to Automotive News.

The Escape’s equivalent European model – the Ford Kuga (pictured above) – will initially go on sale without the feature.

SYNC Connect will be a part of Ford’s latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, and will enhance vehicle connectivity with an embedded modem and 4G/LTE access. With SYNC Connect, vehicle owners will be able to remotely access their vehicles with a mobile device, allowing them to start the engine, actuate door locks, check battery charge or fuel tank fullness, etc.

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Ford Director of Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Advanced Engineering Jim Buczkowski told AN that more and more, customers want to be connected to their vehicles remotely. “[SYNC Connect is] a different strategy from GM and Opel with Onstar, but it’s accomplishing similar things,” he said.

The European Union passed a new eCall regulation, which will require all new cars to be fitted with wireless connections by April 2018 so that vehicles can automatically contact emergency services in the event of a crash.

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