Ford Announces Upgrades To MyFord Touch

MyFord Touch has been promoted by Ford as the best way to control your smart phone, listen to tunes, adjust the temperature in your car, among other things, all without distracting you from driving. However Consumers Reports didn’t agree and they had some negative things to say about it. Now Ford could have ignored that, or they could have improved things for new owners leaving existing owners in the lurch. But Ford has gone a different route. They’ve announced a upgrade to MyFord Touch that will start rolling out shortly. Existing users will a USB flash drive with the updated software, a notification letter, detailed instructions for the 60-minute download, and an updated user guide. Not a do it yourself type? No problem. Take the flash drive and letter to your local Ford dealer and they’ll do it for you. The new system will also show up on 2013 Ford vehicles as well. That will add to the 43000 Canadian customers who already have the system.

So, what will the update give users? Here’s a quote from the press release:

The touch screen interface has been enhanced with simpler graphics and bolder text that is easier to use. The response time of the touch screen is now much faster so drivers can tap controls and focus on driving. Already popular voice controls now provide even better recognition so drivers can tell their cars what to do, keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Good on Ford for doing this. I have to admit that when I rented the Ford Focus on my last business trip, I was less that impressed with the system. I plan on getting a demo of the system and I’ll let you know what my impressions are. I’m guessing that they’re about to change.

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