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A few years ago, in a market full of generally mediocre in-car entertainment systems, Ford's Sync2 did a few things differently. It was entirely touch-driven if you wanted it to be, but it also handled voice commands reasonably well. To its credit, it's not terrible even now, but it's definitely long in the tooth. It's good to see, then, that Ford's successor -- Sync3 -- is already appearing in some new cars that you can buy today.

Sync 3 is Ford's new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, an intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic user interface.

It aims to combine the best features of the current system with new technologies, and will become standard on Ford's Everest Titanium and Everest Trend SUVs.

A big problem with drivers on the road in Australia, at least in my own anecdotal experience, is everyone sneakily looking down at their smartphones when they're driving and tapping away. They're usually changing tracks on Spotify, choosing new podcasts, or checking the quickest directions to their lunchtime date. If you buy a new Ford, though, some of your (iOS and Android) smartphone apps will work with steering wheel controls, and let you keep your eyes on the road.

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The first generation of Ford's voice-activated car control system, Sync, recognised some 100 commands. The new version, beefed up with tech from voice-recognition company Nuance, recognises over 10,000. Basically your new Ford just became a way better listener.

While other car manufacturers already have inbuilt Google Maps support, Ford's going to be the first to go it away for free - in Sync-equipped cars, that is. It'll become available late June, for all 2010-2011 car models.

Plugging in your electric car willy-nilly strains utility companies and costs you money. Ford's new vehicles will use Microsoft's Hohm, a cloud-based application for managing energy consumption, to make sure you're being smart about charging your electric car.