Microsoft-Ford SYNC technology now in 5 million cars

In 2007, the first Ford car came off the assembly line equipped with SYNC, which the auto giant co-developed with Microsoft. In May, Microsoft and Ford announced that SYNC was installed in over four million cars.

Today, Ford and Microsoft announced that the SYNC technology has now been integrated into five million Ford vehicles - just five years after the official SYNC launch. The companies added that SYNC will be inside 13 million vehicles by 2015, a massive increase in growth compared to its first five years.

SYNC offers in-vehicle features such as on board GPS, access to embedded apps to check out the car's health and more. However, Ford and Microsoft are already working on next generation versions of their car technology. The press release states:

Ford has a concept for the connected car of tomorrow called Evos. One of the key aspects of Ford’s concept will be SYNC’s ability to automatically access historical and location-based data that’s stored in the cloud. This data will provide SYNC with a base-line understanding of the driver’s habits and preferences, as well as variables like the weather forecast, daily schedules, local points of interest, and unexpected events or traffic hazards that might impact the driver’s safety or schedule.

Source: Microsoft press release | Image via Ford/Microsoft

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The reason they expect the numbers to jump is that they are only just starting to roll out Sync outside the USA.
It's only just appeared in Australia and it's just limited to music and phone commands.
No services, 911 (or 000 here) assist, my Ford touch or navigation at all.
It's already been beaten here by almost every other car company. Good job Ford.

Asmodai said,
It's also responsible for Fords meteoric fall from the top to the bottom of Consumer Reports reliability survey:
http://www.slashgear.com/ford-...eliability-survey-30254719/

Part of it was that, but not all. Another reason is that they have updated nearly all of their vehicle lineup, which in turn lowers reliability more than sync would.
I think GM and Ford are getting the wrong ideas, because they are putting out these systems that are slow, dont have all the options layed out infront of you, and are a hastle to use. Stick to the traditional system, and only use the touchscreen for little to nothing.

-Razorfold said,

When was Ford ever considered a reliable brand? I own one but when I think of reliable cars, Ford isn't one of them. There's a reason people call them Fix Or Repair Daily (FORD).

recently they have really worked on it, they have always worked on it. Just back in the day american companies really had trouble making cars turn, or be reliable. lol.
because of what happened way back when, they have had a really tough time trying to regain it.
They still are going to have to try hard to.

-Razorfold said,

When was Ford ever considered a reliable brand? I own one but when I think of reliable cars, Ford isn't one of them. There's a reason people call them Fix Or Repair Daily (FORD).

Well, I have a 2009 Ford Fiesta and the only issue I had was that the cooler resistor died this year, so I had it replaced. So far, it has been a reliable car to me.

-Razorfold said,

When was Ford ever considered a reliable brand? I own one but when I think of reliable cars, Ford isn't one of them. There's a reason people call them Fix Or Repair Daily (FORD).
1977 called, they want their meme back.

To be noted, Microsoft Sync technology (although branded different if I remember right), is also in Hyundai and several other car brands.

So there is a larger population of this in use than just Ford vehicles.

thenetavenger said,
......

Windows Automotive.

Sync is the particular ford skin on what is effectively, Windows Embedded for Automotive.
I do agree, more people need to know of Windows Automotive's reach outside of Ford.