Sync3: Maps for 20 African nations – off-road too!

  • Ford’s SyncC3 with full-feature embedded navigation
  • Seven models to get Sync3 with satnav in next year
  • Available in Ranger / Everest in April, then Focus
SUPER NAV FROM FORD: The brands new Sync3 comes with 20 countries - and off-road tracks. Image: Ford SA
SUPER NAV FROM FORD: The brand’s new Sync3 comes with 20 countries – and off-road tracks. Image: Ford SA

PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA is now launching its Sync3 infotainment system/satnav to its local model range with the Ranger and Everest first in line, followed by the Focus.

Marketing manager Tracey Delate told The Corner in a media release: “We’ve had great customer interest in adding navigation to our Sync technology. Adding Sync3 with navigation will introduce practical features for convenience and driving safety.”

Delate added that seven models would be so equipped over the coming 14 months.

20 AFRICAN COUNTRIES INCLUDED

The system is said to have “full-feature” navigation, faster performance, brighter 20cm colour touchscreen (swipe, slide, scroll and pinch-to-zoom) with voice recognition and voice commands and 3D maps that include “points-of-interest”.

Each unit installed in South Africa, Delate added, would include maps of 20 African countries, 36-million km of roads and 869 000 Points of interest. You want to know which countries? OK…

In alphabetical order: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

OFF-ROAD MAPPING INCLUDED

The inclusion of Tracks4Africa has mapping created from the collective travel experience of the Tracks4Africa travelling community, including gravel roads with hazard notifications, off-road tracks, four-wheel drive routes and rocky roads, as well as deep-sand routes.

More than 129 000 POI’s are included – diverse types of accommodation, services (fuel, tyre repair shops), leisure and recreational venues and emergency POI’s (police, hospitals, embassies, clinics).

Five years of South African mapping is included. Voice-command / text languages are Afrikaans, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Zulu.

SOFTWARE UPDATES POSSIBLE

Sync3 also has smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Apple CarPlay will access Siri, make calls, return missed calls and listen to voice mail, send, read and reply to text messages. Songs, playlists and compatible apps like Apple Maps can also be accessed.

Similar functionality is provided with Android Auto.

Over-the-air software updates for Sync3 can be downloaded via wifi once set up on a trusted wireless network.

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