Ford Fusion Named Most Connected Car By Connect World
If you still think a car is still four wheels that get you from point A to B, you are partially right. Today’s cars are closer to rolling computers, connected in more ways then ever. Ford wins again another award for the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid at the 2013 International CES as the midsize Connected World Connected Car of the Year 2013 by Connected World Magazine.
Connectivity. It’s all about connectivity these days, especially for electric vehicles, EV and plug-in hybrids, PHEV. The new Fusion offers an impressive array of connectivity and driver assist features, which includes the standard SYNC with MyFord Touch and compatibility with the MyFord Mobile smartphone app.
In fact, according to Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation: “SYNC has helped us evolve as an automaker, to think and act more like a technology company, with a new level of openness and access that has forever changed how we look at our business and respond to our customers. Ultimately, SYNC embodies one of the many things Ford is all about: going further to transform innovative ideas into products that are affordable, attainable and valuable for millions of people.”
SYNC Is Growing. The ever growing SYNC connectivity system allows drivers to connect their phones, tablets and digital media players via Bluetooth or USB for hands-free operations, which include media playback using simple voice commands. SYNC Services offers features powered by the mobile carrier a driver has. All the manufacturer’s plug-in vehicles, the Fusion & C-MAX Energi, and Focus Electric come with the MyFord Mobile app that allows drivers to stay connected using their personal cell phones or computer with Internet access. These services give the current and projected state of charge, which include the estimated range and amount of charge time necessary for additional travel distances. This makes it easy to figure how much energy you will need to cover a certain distance.