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Ford plans summer debut for Sync 3 in Fiesta and Escape

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Ford fans eager for the latest in connected-auto tech will get the company's revamped Sync 3 infotainment system in the new Fiesta and Escape models this summer.

The system features improved voice recognition, faster response time and a touch-screen interface with a streamlined user interface. Sync 3 was made for Ford by infotainment manufacturer QNX, which is owned by onetime cellphone powerhouse BlackBerry. Ford's original Sync system, introduced in 2007, was a partnership with Microsoft.

Sync 3 will makes its way to all of Ford's line-up by the end of 2016.

When combined with Ford's existing AppLink platform, smartphone owners can find their most popular apps -- ranging from Spotify to NPR -- on the system's main screen when they plug it into a Sync 3 vehicle.

While Sync 3 will support Apple's voice-activated personal assistant, Siri, the system is not Apple CarPlay or Android Auto friendly, though plans are in the works to upgrade Sync 3 systems to accommodate the in-car operating systems from the two tech giants. Currently, dozens of automakers -- from Hyundai to Ferrari -- either have these systems or are planning to bring them online in the coming few years.
 

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