In Sync with text messaging - 2009 Ford Flex LTD Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex LTD: In Sync with text messaging

September 27, 2009

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Our long-term 2009 Ford Flex has Sync. Sync gives you Bluetooth and ipod integration. Big deal, so does everybody else.

What is interesting about Sync is that it also handles SMS text messages. Like many of you, I think I text now more than I call.
I just love the impersonal nature of texting (j/k, LOL!).

With Sync, you can display your text messages, but due to safety reasons, not while the vehicle is in motion.

What to do?

With Sync, one of the options you have is to reply by SMS text, but you also can't type out a reply when you're moving. Sync instead makes available 15 canned short reply messages (for some reason, I was only able to find 10).

But how do view that incoming text when the vehicle is in motion?
You don't; you listen to it through text-to-voice.

Ford is also reportedly working on speech-to-text, so you could speak and send text messages into future generations of Sync. You may see this at CES in January.

Here's the movie of the text message in the 2nd photo overall (please excuse the lack of focus):

Yeah, I know: the synthesized voice sounds like the chess playing / world destroying supercomputer in Matthew Broderick's debut movie, Wargames ('Do you want to play a game?').
But it's still kind of cool. And useful, without imposing excessive distraction.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 34,513 miles


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