The Ford Sync is now available as standard equipment (standard, not optional) on all trim levels for the 2013 Ford Fusion and Flex, including base models.
The voice activated, phone-ready radio system is also now either optional or standard equipment on every Ford sold in North America, said Ford Thursday.
Over 4 million Sync systems have sold since 2007, but the sales pace will now accelerate. Within 3 years, another 9 million Sync system should be on the road, or a total of 13 million, Ford said.
Ford claims it launched “the upgradeable car” with the Sync that offers a USB or Bluetooth smartphone connection to the radio and voice control over music and other features including hands free calls.
“Ford SYNC technology has led the industry in transforming the way we connect to our cars,” said Dave Mondragon, Ford General Marketing Manager. “SYNC has enabled Ford drivers to take advantage of the latest communication and entertainment technology with an easily upgradeable architecture that is friendly to use.”
Ford notes that 9 states have now completely banned the use of hand-held phones by drivers with at least 35 states prohibiting texting behind the wheel. At the same time, more than 300 million cell phones were estimated to be in use in the U.S. as of mid-2011.