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Ford Awards TomTom Global Traffic Service Deal for Next-Gen SYNC Tech to Predict Congestion

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  • Ford Awards TomTom global, real-time traffic service deal for next-generation SYNC connected vehicle technology; first available for all-new F-150 and all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV to help get more out of each trip to the job site or battery charge.
  • Ford’s navigation system1 with TomTom Traffic is fully connected to and informed by the internet with maps that are frequently refreshed with the latest available traffic and construction information, ensuring customers get the most up-to-date info for their routes.
  • The advanced service can predict traffic jams before they happen by processing more than 70 million driving hours every day from millions of connected devices and leveraging SYNC’s increased computing power to update navigation systems every 30 seconds.
DEARBORN, Mich., July 2, 2020 – Similar to planning trips around weather predictions, drivers of the all-new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E will be able to adjust trips based on traffic forecasts, thanks to another new innovation from TomTom (TOM2), the location technology specialist, 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 all-new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup – revealed just days ago – and the soon to be delivered all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV 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,” said Stuart Taylor, executive director, 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 service can even predict traffic changes such as congestion before they happen by processing more than 70 million driving hours every day from millions of connected devices and leveraging SYNC’s increased computing power to update navigation systems every 30 seconds.

“Automakers choose TomTom Traffic for its accuracy, freshness and reliability,” said Antoine Saucier, Managing Director, 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.”

Most connected F-150 ever
F-150 represents Ford’s next big step in bringing connected vehicles to customers. All-new SYNC 4 is standard on the new truck, which arrives 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.

Ford’s navigation system and TomTom Traffic 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.

By taking advantage of state-of-the-art, cloud-based voice processing, 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.

Seamless Mustang Mach-E Technology Easily Adapts to Your Lifestyle
Making its debut in the Mustang Mach-E is the SYNC 4A connected vehicle technology, a sleek and modern interface that uses machine learning to quickly 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 ditches 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,” said Darren Palmer, Ford global director for BEVs. “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.”

1) SYNC 4 navigation system is standard on Mustang Mach-E and optional on F-150.
 
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I wonder if we can run this simultaneously with Waze on the MME? It would be interesting to see which one gives a better idea of traffic - also I wonder if this gives you alerts for hazards and of course police?
 
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What's interesting (a little) to me about this is that it suggests dropping the support for SiriusXM traffic info, which isn't terrible but isn't great. It's also slightly expensive by itself and stupidly expensive as part of the standard Travel Link bundle (https://www.siriusxm.com/navtraffic/pricing)...

(side story: when my free Travel Link trial ran out my Fusion, I called in, and they were like "it's $8.99 a month," and I was like "wow that's stupidly expensive," and the agent was like "yeah I don't pay for it either - it's not worth it")
 

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What's interesting (a little) to me about this is that it suggests dropping the support for SiriusXM traffic info, which isn't terrible but isn't great.
I'll be happy if the Sync 4a has traffic monitoring built in!
 

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I'll be happy if the Sync 4a has traffic monitoring built in!
It sounds like that's what they are saying. They've had the ability (SiriusXM based) since back to the early-ish Sync days, when my 2011 Fusion with Navigation (Sync 1.0!) had traffic support. So it's not a new idea for them, but going with TomTom is new.
 

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If they didn't have built in traffic support, the built in navigation would be pretty useless for a lot of people (myself included), so it sounds like they're trying to include a product that we'll actually use over Google Maps or Waze!
 

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If they didn't have built in traffic support, the built in navigation would be pretty useless for a lot of people (myself included), so it sounds like they're trying to include a product that we'll actually use over Google Maps or Waze!
Funny thing is when the Focus Electric was first relesead it included navigation (a pretty sweet one that was integrated with the battery/range indicator) and people asked: "Why do we need nav on a car that can only go 70 miles??"
 

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Funny thing is when the Focus Electric was first relesead it included navigation (a pretty sweet one that was integrated with the battery/range indicator) and people asked: "Why do we need nav on a car that can only go 70 miles??"
My Fusion Energi has a similar feature in the MFT nav - it actually puts a couple of circles up on the map, one that's a "you can for sure go this far on electric" indicator and one that's a "you might be able to go this far on electric" indicator. I didn't remember seeing it in the manual so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized what I was seeing. (Okay, maybe I was overly excited to see it.)
 

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If they didn't have built in traffic support, the built in navigation would be pretty useless for a lot of people (myself included), so it sounds like they're trying to include a product that we'll actually use over Google Maps or Waze!
I actually hope it's lot smarter than Waze. The few times I've tried to use Waze, it always seems to send me off the interstate and through some 25 MPH residential neighborhood to save me 0.000000000000000000000001 seconds. And it seems like I'm not alone (e.g. https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/waze-los-angeles-neighborhoods/) in that experience.
 

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Hey, there aren't any shady areas in LA. Always sunny, like Phoenix! ;);)
I thought that was Philadelphia? 🤔😜
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My Fusion Energi has a similar feature in the MFT nav - it actually puts a couple of circles up on the map, one that's a "you can for sure go this far on electric" indicator and one that's a "you might be able to go this far on electric" indicator. I didn't remember seeing it in the manual so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized what I was seeing. (Okay, maybe I was overly excited to see it.)
I like the idea of these circles like on Plugshare and also Kia and Hyundai also have them in their nav systems
 

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I just went out to the car to get a picture because why not:

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also I still like the MFT UI with the colors in the corners no matter what anyone says ;)
 

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Android Auto, Google maps, Waze and now TomTom. Hopefully all this integration would not be overwhelming and take away from the driving experience. I've experienced the Ford systems from the early Sync thru the Sync3. You notice the improvements thru the years. Voice commands and asking for Nav directions early on was a bit challenging. My wife and I have called the Sync system all kinds of names. We realized that you have to spell your instructions clearly and be very specific. Sync3 is much easier. Sync4 is something to find out. Few long trips and I will be comfortable with it.
OTA will improve the system continuously.
All this time the Tesla community had that advantage. Now we going to have a taste of it.
They will be stories told in this forum as soon as the vehicles delivered to our possession for use. Interesting.!!!!
 



 








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