The instrument panel display, controlled by the left-side five-way controller, containsinformation about the vehicle: fuel economy, mechanical status, safety features and other information typically found in the vehicle message center. The center stack display, controlled by the five-way controller on the right side, contains information relating to the vehicleoccupants: entertainment system settings, climate control information and communicationsfunctions.On MyFord models, a traditional telephone-style keypad and key command buttons surround thecenter stack display to provide quick access to commonly used features. Focus models with atouch-screen use a combination of on-screen buttons and the right-hand five-way controller tomanage information.Additionally, the voice command system made popular with Ford SYNC has been simplified andexpanded, allowing users to control more with fewer words. Called “flattened syntax,” SYNC nolonger requires an initial function command, so “Phone” followed by “Call John Smith” now becomes the more conversational “Call John Smith.”“Everything has been designed around usability,” said Tom Cullen, project manager for MyFord.“Our goal was to provide the means – multiple means, in many cases – for drivers to accomplishwhat they want to do. More importantly, we had to keep the focus on driving and not confusedrivers with a huge collection of buttons.“MyFord was designed to work with the driver, not force the driver to work with it,” he added.
How MyFord driver connect technology accommodates all types of drivers
To ensure the MyFord system is an instant hit with Focus buyers, designers prioritized four keyattributes of the interface design:
MyFord uses controls, screens and other interfaces with which most users arealready comfortable and familiar through popular consumer electronics devices.
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