Two new vehicles from Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn will be able to predict traffic congestion with a technology unveiled in early July.
Drivers of the all-new 2021 F-150 pickup and the electric Mustang Mach-E SUV will be able to adjust trips based on traffic forecasts, thanks to an innovation from GPS system provider TomTom, which powers Ford’s next-generation Ford SYNC technology navigation system.
TomTom has been awarded a global multi-year deal to provide Ford’s next-generation SYNC with its real-time traffic service. The new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E are the first Ford vehicles available with the technology.
“The all-new F-150 is Ford’s flagship and the Mustang Mach-E is one of the industry’s most exciting vehicles this year – both are leading the next automotive revolution of connected vehicles,” says Stuart Taylor, executive director of Enterprise Connectivity.
“Their next-generation SYNC technologies have twice the computing power of the previous-generation system to do much more, including real-time, smartphone-like mapping that can help you adjust on the fly to quicker routes based on their network of millions of connected devices.”
TomTom Traffic provides accurate, real-time traffic information, which will keep Ford drivers informed and can help them reduce their travel time. The advanced TomTom service can predict traffic jams before they happen with updates every 30 seconds based on more than 70 million driving hours every day from millions of connected devices.
“Automakers choose TomTom Traffic for its accuracy, freshness, and reliability,” says Antoine Saucier, managing director of TomTom Automotive. “Ford’s decision to include TomTom Traffic in its next-gen SYNC connected vehicle technology is another step towards our vision of a world free of congestion.”
SYNC 4 is standard on the new F-150, which arrives in dealerships this fall, helping keep owners connected and make their days more productive with more natural voice control available as well as real-time mapping and customizable information on demand. The technology builds on more than 10 years of SYNC innovation by helping minimize distractions with hands-free voice control as well as core features such as making phone calls and selecting music, the automaker says.
Ford’s navigation system and TomTom Traffic, optional on the F-150 and standard on the Mach-E, are fully connected to and informed by the internet with maps the latest available traffic and construction information, ensuring customers are getting the most up-to-date info for their routes. Ford also equipped SYNC 4 with optional navigation with the ability to share parking space availability and prices.
SYNC 4 can understand conversational requests, such as “Find me the best Thai restaurant” and offer data-based suggestions to drivers. Staying in contact with friends and family also becomes easier, with natural speech recognition enabling communication via SMS, and email, Ford says.
SYNC 4A connected vehicle technology will make its debut on the Mustang Mach-E, a modern interface that uses machine learning to learn drivers’ preferences will keep Mach-E SUVs at the forefront of technology better over time, thanks to advanced over-the-air updates. A 15.5-inch screen and adaptive dash card interface replaces complicated menus, making it easier to access features with touch, swipe, and pinch controls like smartphones.
“SYNC 4A, which is optimized for electric vehicle customers, actively adapts to you as soon as you start using it, quickly learning preferences and makes personalized suggestions,” says Darren Palmer, global director for BEVs at Ford. “TomTom’s real-time traffic data, combined with other innovations such as Ford Intelligent Range technology, will help Mustang Mach-E customers get the most out of every charge.”