New Ford Focus gets voice command technology
The new Ford Focus will include futuristic voice-control technology from 2012, it has been revealed.
The next generation Ford Focus will go on sale in March 2011, but Ford plans to introduce its SYNC voice recognition technology in the family hatchback from 2012, it has confirmed.
SYNC technology allows drivers to control the climate control, audio and entertainment and even the satellite navigation by using voice commands.
Ford says the technology will be capable of recognising 19 languages and will be installed in up to two million cars in Europe by 2015.
In total, over 10,000 commands will be recognised by the system, giving drivers control of the ‘majority’ of the vehicle’s functions.
The new Ford Focus will be the best-equipped version of family five-door hatchback yet and will include air conditioning, digital radio and Bluetooth as standard across all models.
It will be sold as both a hatchback and an estate, with process starting at £15,995 and £17,095 respectively.
Higher specification models will feature extra equipment such as cruise control, parking cameras, anti-collision systems and satellite navigation and car cost as much as £25,095.
The new Ford Focus will feature a range of new engines, including the low-CO2 ECOnetic range and the frugal EcoBoost petrol engines built in the UK.
Ford says the new Ford Focus, which will be built on the all-new Ford platform first used for the new Ford C-Max, will be ‘greener, safer and smarter’ than the current model when it arrives at UK Ford dealers in March.