Ford Unveils Siri Eyes-Free Support in Ford Sync and MyTouch

Ford announced Friday Siri Eyes-Free support for Ford owners with Sync. The update will allow Ford drivers to activate Siri through a long-press of the, "voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar to how to activate Siri on an iPhone."

A promo video for the new feature from Ford:

Customers will be able to:

  • Make phone calls to contacts in their address book
  • Look up phone numbers for restaurants or other points of interest
  • Set a reminder or alarm
  • Ask about the weather
  • Select and play music
  • Audibly send and receive text messages
  • Get directions through Apple Maps

The feature is being added through a software update users can download themselves. Engadget noted that European customers will have to visit a dealership to get the update, though a downloadable version is planned for the future.

Ford said it will work on Ford cars with Sync or MyTouch on model years ranging from 2011 to 2016.

Ford Sync is not in any way an iOS-related feature, nor is it an Apple CarPlay platform. It was originally built on Windows Embedded Automotive, and the next major version is planned to run on QNX from BlackBerry. Accordingly, this represents a major effort by Ford and probably Apple, to build support for Siri Eyes-Free into Sync.