Ford’s fo­cus on the world of WiFi

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

THE all-new Ford Fo­cus will be trans­formed into a rolling WiFi hot-spot when Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch tech­nol­ogy makes its UK de­but next year.

In-car in­ter­net ac­cess is no longer only de­manded by chauf­feur-driven ex­ec­u­tives. The in­creas­ing avail­abil­ity of WiFi com­pat­i­ble de­vices means that, as long as there is a data con­nec­tion brought into the car, pas­sen­gers may stay in con­tact with friends, keep abreast of the news and even play the lat­est games on the move.

Ford Fo­cus own­ers will be the first in the UK to ben­e­fit from such a class-lead­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, which will be rolled out to sev­eral other Ford ve­hi­cles fol­low­ing its de­but on Fo­cus.

By us­ing a pas­sen­ger’s ex­ist­ing USB mo­dem or Smart­phone, the SYNCe­quipped Fo­cus will be able to de­liver a se­cure wire­less con­nec­tion that can be broad­cast through­out the ve­hi­cle. Pas­sen­gers with any WiFi-en­abled de­vice can then con­nect to the in­ter­net.

“All this al­lows for sim­ple, easy to use WiFi con­nec­tiv­ity on the move for up to five de­vices,” says Ford’s Christof Keller­wes­sel, chief en­gi­neer for elec­tronic and elec­tri­cal sys­tems.

“Us­ing SYNC’s po­ten­tial, Ford will of­fer in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies a level of in-car in­ter­net ac­cess that was un­til re­cently only avail­able to the own­ers of con­sid­er­ably more ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles.”

One of the main ad­van­tages of the SYNC with MyFord Touch WiFi sys­tem is that it will al­low cus­tomers to make use of a va­ri­ety of USB de­vices, elim­i­nat­ing the need to pur­chase specif­i­cally com­pat­i­ble equip­ment.

SYNC will use soft­ware up­dates to en­sure it re­mains com­pat­i­ble with the lat­est hard­ware and de­vices.

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