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[YesAuto Connected Travel] In early 2007, Ford pulled up on Microsoft and released the first-generation SYNC in-vehicle system based on Windows CE at the North American Auto Show. Since then, Ford has the means to compete with OnStar and iDrive.

Today, 13 years later, the in-vehicle system industry has ushered in many new players. They are “indigenous” and “snake”. In the vast market of China, foreigners have to step aside to provide services to the thoughtful Chinese. Therefore, in the new generation of explorers, we see a completely different from the past-SYNC+.

In addition to realizing localization and lowering the price, the new generation of explorers also chose to cooperate with Baidu Apollo Intelligent Networking on the intelligent system to create a new “localized” SYNC+ system with strong flavor.

Design and interaction

Just like our past evaluations of some cars and mobile phone products: beauty and ugliness vary from person to person, but the texture brought by the material and craftsmanship can be felt by everyone when they touch the product with their own eyes and hands.

Localization service

Map navigation, online music, and online video are not new in this era. Quite a few of the models we have experienced and tested in the past are equipped with these functions, so let’s look at the differences below.

In the past two years, many people believe that the “car” is no longer a simple means of transportation, it has carried more responsibilities, to serve our broader “pan-car life.” In this regard, using our local service providers, the localization services of the new explorer can be said to be quite complete.

Since the voice system supports “visible and speak” (all the option texts on the interface, as long as you wake up the voice and read the content of the text, the system can automatically click to enter for you), we can completely rely on voice control to complete the selection of movies and theaters.

It’s very interesting to buy movie tickets on the car, but we don’t know where its “rigid demand” is. It can only be said to be an icing on the cake or an extension of the mobile phone. The manufacturer hopes to share some of the mobile phone. Features. And we hope that iQiyi can provide additional discounts to users of “car ticketing” in the future.

Like “purchasing movie tickets in the car,” these functions are more like Baidu's on-board system to integrate its own resources. Although it is impossible for navigation music to be used so frequently, we do not deny that under special circumstances, whether it is to order movie tickets or take out, it may be useful.

voice control

Finally, we have to spend some time on introducing the voice control function of the new explorer, which is currently an important part of measuring whether a smart car-linked system is “true intelligence”.

to sum up

Looking at the SYNC+ intelligent vehicle linkage system on Ford’s new Explorer as a whole, we would think that it is first of all beautiful. The well-designed dynamics and UI help the vehicle create a refined feeling, which is in line with the positioning of the explorer model. . Secondly, we think it is “big and complete”. The high-frequency just-needed functions such as map navigation, online music, and SYNC+ are all done well. This also includes practical localized service functions such as ETCP.

Of course, we believe that there is a lack of localization services for the usage scenarios, and SYNC+ has also done it. These functions have not grabbed the important information position, so we can't blame Ford and Baidu for their efforts in this, and for some users, Maybe these functions “just in the middle”. In general, using localized service providers to dig deeper into the needs of car owners for general-purpose car life, the localized brand-new Explorer's system can serve our local car owners very well, which is a plus. (Photo/Zheng Xu from the home of the car)