Ford to take SYNC global with new features

The 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is taking place right now and Ford has announced that it is taking its industry-leading SYNC technology global with an array new features. Starting 2010, Ford’s SYNC will be available in Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia.

CEO Alan Mulally along with Derrik Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development, were on hand to announced the set of new SYNC services which already include voice-recognition, integrated GPS technology, Bluetooth, turn-by-turn driving direction and up-to-date info including business listings, news, traffic reports, sports and weather. All features are available without the need for a built-in navigation system.

Follow the jump to read more and see a video of the new SYNC.

Launching later this summer, SYNC with Traffic, Directions and Information allows Ford owners to stay connected wherever they go. The new SYNC will be launching on all 2010 model-year Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models. Other features include: on-board text-to-speech engine, data-over-voice technology, an off-board routing engine and voice portal and text messaging.

Ford also announced that it is teaming up with Best Buy to provide SYNC users with tech support through its Geek Squad.