SYNC – or – How I learned to stop pressing buttons and use my voice instead

In the far-distant past, we had buttons for everything – this button switched between FM and AM radio, this button turns on the A/C, this dial tunes to the radio. And those are just in the car – we also had buttons on our phones, buttons on our navigation system, buttons on our MP3 players. The list is endless. Luckily, we don’t live in the far-distant past. We live in the ever-expanding future, because we have SYNC voice control technology.

English: Ford SYNC logo

English: Ford SYNC logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok, ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. My favorite part about SYNC technology is that there is just one button to replace all of those other buttons cluttering our lives and distracting our driving. From this one button, located directly under where your right thumb naturally rests on the steering wheel, you have immediate voice access to virtually any task you can think of – the more that your Ford is equipped with, the more you can do with SYNC.

The list feels truly endless – with SYNC with MyFord Touch and Navigation, you have at your command 10,000 voice prompts to control everything from setting the station on the radio or MP3 player to adjusting your climate settings to plugging in destinations on your navigation system. There is a slight learning curve to figuring out the commands, but it takes just as much time to learn the command for setting the temperature to 75 degrees as it takes to find the corresponding dial to turn up the temperature. Truly, within five or ten minutes of playing with SYNC (before you start driving!), you can learn all of the commands that you will use regularly. If you’re ever curious, all you have to do is ask “What can I say?” and a list of prompts will appear on the screen.

The big deal with SYNC, though, is your ability to do everything on your phone, hands-free, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. You can place a call, you have have SYNC read a text message to you. You can even say “Do Not Disturb” and your phone will send callers directly to their voicemail. It’s quick and it’s easy to pair your phone to SYNC (just say “Pair Phone”), and it can be done with virtually any phone that has bluetooth capability – including some non-smartphones.

All in all, SYNC makes me feel like I’m living in the future, and gives you the freedom and security of knowing that you can access anything you need without having to take your hands off the wheel. Because, really, pressing buttons is so last century.


For a walk-through of SYNC with MyFord touch, check out this video:

 For a detailed overview of SYNC technologies, visit the Ford Technologies website below:

 Or if you’re short on time, check out these videos from Ford: