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Ford to add iPod-style controls, social networking

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 1:55 PM EST.(Employee News)

Ford Motor Co. plans to bring social networking, Web browsing and iPod-style thumb controls into 80 percent of its models by 2015 as automakers woo consumers with communications features, Bloomberg news service reported.

A touch-command system will be available this year in the Lincoln MKX, Ford Edge and Ford Focus models, the company said and the news service reported. The My Ford Touch system to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas features thumb-wheel controls on the steering wheel, as well as an 8-inch touch screen in the dashboard, for audio, navigation and climate-control functions, Bloomberg said.

Ford said it’s augmenting Sync with the ability to convert incoming texts into spoken words. It will offer drivers 15 standard text responses that can be sent with a voice command, the story said. (Bloomberg)
 
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