Ford Kuga features MyFord Touch
June 4, 2013 by John Day
The Ford Kuga, to be launched in Taiwan later this year, will come equipped with MyFord Touch, powered by Microsoft, which combines SYNC connectivity with a full-colour 8-inch touchscreen in the centre stack and a 4-inch LCD screen.
The latest version of MyFord Touch provides an enhanced touchscreen interface that boasts simpler graphics and bolder text, while the response time from the touchscreen is also faster than before, according to the company.
The driver can interact with features such as climate control, radio, USB, SD, phone and CD-player through voice, steering wheel controls, or by tapping the centre stack touch screen.
By connecting a mobile phone via Bluetooth® or USB connection, MyFord Touch allows users to call their contacts with voice control by using their first name, last name, or both, while comprehensive contact information such as a contact’s address or email details can also be downloaded. To ensure privacy, contact information is only available when a phone is connected to the system, unlike embedded connectivity systems.
Simplified voice recognition
The advanced driver connect technology comes with a simplified voice recognition command structure. Utilising a flattened syntax, drivers can perform more tasks using fewer words, thanks to the improved SYNC vocabulary that recognises more than 10,000 voice commands.
The benefits of MyFord Touch are not limited to the driver. A media hub comes fitted with three audio/video RCA jacks, an SD card slot and two USB ports.
“People want to stay connected at all times, even when they’re driving, and SYNC with MyFord Touch allows exactly that while also ensuring that distractions are minimal so that customers can still focus on their driving and arrive safely at their destination,” said Kumar Galhotra, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific.
Other features available in the Kuga include Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Departure Warning System, Active City Stop, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a hands-free automatic tailgate that can be opened and closed by sweeping a foot under the rear bumper.