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Mobile hotspot: Ford's Sync2 driver connectivity system has been upgraded to allow internet access and a WiFi hotspot.

Mondeo, Falcon, Territory get WiFi connectivity with Ford's next-gen Sync2

16 Feb 2015

FORD has boosted the flexibility of is Sync2 multimedia system, adding WiFi connectivity to all 2015 Falcon, Territory and Mondeo models.

Vehicles equipped with the latest version of the Sync2 system can connect to the internet via an integrated WiFi receiver, whilst providing a WiFi hotspot that allows occupants to pair devices on board.

Connected devices will be able to exchange information between the main vehicle hotspot hub and and others on the local network allowing users to use internet-based services including Sync updates.

The technology will also allow the vehicle to connect to a public WiFi network when in range.

Ford says that by offering online updates for the system, it is safeguarding its driver connectivity system from obsolescence caused by rapidly evolving technology.

As new technology, devices and their respective operating systems evolve, Sync2 can be updated to recognise and run any new platform says Ford, allowing users to connect with future technology even though it may not yet exist.

WiFi provides the wireless internet link but the Sync2 system also has Bluetooth and a pair of USB ports for the connection of devices.

In addition to the specific vehicle related services, all the usual internet services will also be accessible through the WiFi connection allowing occupants of a Sync2 equipped car to keep up with their preferred social media, email, news and entertainment channels.

As with fixed WiFi networks, the Sync2 system is password protected (WPA2) and the driver must authorise each new device requesting to connect to the system.

No additional Ford hardware or subscription will be required to use the WiFi option, but users will need to arrange a mobile data plan with a network service provider.

The Sync2 technology has already started filtering into the Mk 2 Territory large SUV and the final FG X Falcon ranges, while the Mondeo mid-sized sedan will arrive with the latest system when it launches next month.

The decision to integrate the WiFi system followed customer research conducted by the North American Consumer Electronics Association, which revealed about 39 million American adult wanted a connected communication and information system in their car.

Ford says the system is the first of its kind to be included in an Australian-built vehicle and another step to providing the latest technology in the blue Oval line-up.

“Ford aims to deliver the latest technology and having an in-vehicle internet capability is significant point of difference between Ford and other local manufacturers,” said Ford Australia marketing sales and service vice president Graeme Whickman, “A WiFi hotspot is a clear differentiator between Ford and the Australian large car competition.”

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