Ford will offer option to block SYNC features in 2011

MyFord Touch - 2011 Ford Edge

Amid rising concerns of distracted drivers, FoMoCo will be offering drivers the ability to block certain features of its Microsoft Sync system via what is being dubbed the “Do Not Disturb” button. The feature locks out all system features deemed “not relevant to the task of driving while the vehicle is in motion.”

Ford said yesterday that it will offer its new system first on the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, as part of the new My Ford Touch, the second-generation of Sync. The measure blocks incoming calls or text messages, and diverts calls to voicemail. These features go above and beyond the voluntarily guidelines on roadway distraction agreed to by manufacturers.

Congress is currently considering proposals to stop roadway distractions, and on Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood berated lobbyists who accused the legislature of targeting mobile technology. LaHood mentioned that cell phone related distractions caused 6,000 deaths in 2008, and countless more injuries.

Ford is barring any action which requires typing or a keypad. The company fully supports the banning of hand-held texting while driving.

-By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Detroit News