By Cars.com EditorsJanuary 18, 2010
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From the 2010 Detroit auto show, Cars.com's Mike Hanley interviews Jason Johnson, Ford user interface design engineer.
(upbeat music) <v Narrator>Cars.com auto review. Hi, I'm Mike Hanley with cars.c
om, and we're here at the Detroit Auto Show checking out one of the new technology features from Ford, it's called MyFord Touch, or in the case of Lincoln models, MyLincoln Touch. I'm here with Jason Johnson, the user interface design engineer for the system, and he's gonna give us a walk through of what the system's all about. There's two LCD screens for the instrument cluster that are controlled by the two five-way controllers on the wheel, very familiar five-way controls that you can manipulate with your thumbs. The left hand side screen has traditional vehicle information, for example, if I want to customize the screen to view my fuel economy, or if I would like to change my gauge modes. In the middle, we have a traditional speedometer, and on the right-hand side are the traditional entertainment, phone, navigation, and climate features, just the functions that can be accessed quickly while keeping your hands on the wheel. Notice that we use the same color conventions for entertainment, phone, navigation, and climate, on the smaller screen as a larger touch screen display. As I go to each corner, entertainment, phone, navigation and directions, to SYNC services, and climate control. Below the eight inch touchscreen, we have all touch sensitive controls, no mechanical switches, everything's touch sensitive, so watch how I adjust the volume, just slide my finger on the slider bar, but then also with the fan speed. The displays are customizable, so for example, if I wanna view climate control information here, just by glancing down, or maybe I would like to view directions information in the center stack display, so I can configure the system to whatever preference that I have. Integrating technology such as wifi, that allows you to browse the internet when the vehicle's in park. The media have these two USB ports, and an SD card slot, and three RCA jack for video when the vehicles are parked, or use the 3D map based navigation, that's available from the SD card, put it into the SD card slot, and now I have a 3D map based navigation. In addition to the actual touch controls, are there other ways to control the system? If you wanna use voice controls, how does that work with that? Is this typical to the SYNC type interface that people are familiar with? Yes. We've improved the interface with voice commands, now we have 10,000 different commands that you can save in SYNC, all accessible from the steering wheeling by just pressing the voice button. Then the command sequences are shortened, so you can have a more natural interaction, so instead of saying, "Climate temperature up." You just say, "Make it warmer." Instead of saying, "Phone, call my wife." You can just say, "Call my wife." It does simplify the command, so you can interact more naturally. This system is going to be standard in the MKX you see here, and eventually offered enough to 80% of Ford models. <v Narrator>For more car related news, go to cars.com, our blog KickingTires.net.