Ford is taking in-car connectivity to a whole new level at this year’s CES. The automaker is using the show to demonstrate its updated Sync technology, which is the basis for Ford’s new driver interface and dashboard design called MyFord Touch.
Delivering the opening keynote at CES on Thursday, Ford CEO Allan Mulalley said the company will bring Wi-Fi and Web apps, like Pandora and Twitter, to Ford automobiles.
Ford plans to eventually add MyFord Touch, which marries voice recognition, graphic screens, and touch controls on the steering wheel, to models across its product line, according to company executives. The new console will first be available in the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, but, starting in 2012, it will also ship globally in one of the company’s most affordable models, the Ford Focus — a move to “democratize” a high-end technology that offers safety benefits, company executives said.