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[YesAuto Intelligent Car Link Evaluation] Ford and Baidu’s cooperation in intelligent connection has achieved a lot of results. Following the three domestic models of Focus, Ruijie and Taurus, the brand-new Ruiji launched at the end of the year is also equipped with Xiaodu-based vehicles. The SYNC+ intelligent connection system created by OS is provided as a standard configuration. Compared with the Taurus and Ruijie, Ruiji is different from the previous two models in hardware equipment such as the central control screen. So what kind of spark can SYNC+ and Ruiji collide in the end?

Ruiji is a compact SUV with a high positioning. Its prototype is the Escape sold in overseas markets. In terms of smart connection, the Chinese version of the model (Ruiji) and the overseas Escape adopt different solutions. The SYNC+ system is exclusive to the Chinese version. Compared with the SYNC 3 system in the overseas market, SYNC+ is not only smarter, but also incorporates many localized pan Life-oriented functions can better meet the requirements of young Chinese users for networking functions.

From the overall score, we can see that the SYNC+ system has achieved good results in terms of intelligent performance, service functions and emotional interaction, which is mainly due to the deep network resources of the Baidu ecosystem. Compared with the previously tested Ruijie same system, Ruiji's scores in terms of human-vehicle interaction will be slightly different. Next, let's take a look at the specific performance of its various subjects.

Human-vehicle interaction

The human-vehicle interaction system is the first impression of a car machine. The screen size, button feel and other hardware facilities are the first elements to enhance the sense of grade and favorability, and the interface resolution, touch screen feedback sensitivity, and UI interface design And so on also affect the user's evaluation of the entire system, the above will affect the user's final car purchase enthusiasm to a certain extent.

Although the domestically produced Ruiji differs from the overseas version of Escape in terms of the shape of the center console, the overall layout is basically the same. In the center of the Ruiji center console is a 12.3-inch horizontal screen. Most of the multimedia functions can be operated through the steering wheel buttons, voice commands and touch screen. There are not many physical buttons set around the front row except for the air conditioning control panel. The entire cockpit appears It's very simple, and it's not as abrupt as the sharp world and the vertical screen of Taurus.

In addition to the low-end (Yuexiang) models, the two configuration versions are equipped with 12.3-inch full LCD instruments as standard, and the ST-LINE even has an optional HUD head-up display. The dashboard interface has a variety of styles to choose from, displays a lot of content, and the UI interface has a sense of technology. The displayed information is the same as other Ford models, and you can directly view the navigation path, multimedia, telephone and other content through the instrument.

The voice assistant can be awakened by the steering wheel buttons, “Hello Ford” or “Xiaodu Xiaodu” two wake-up words, and the system also supports functions such as continuous voice input and personalized wake-up words. Like other intelligent connected systems based on Xiaodu's in-vehicle OS, SYNC+ also has strong natural speech recognition capabilities, and can also realize simple interactions such as speech translation and idiom solitaire. It can be fully qualified for the role of “little secretary” while driving.

The localized SYNC+ is far superior to the Ford brand's previous SYNC 3 system in terms of intelligence level and interconnection functions. Especially after the introduction of Baidu ecosystem resources, massive amounts of networked data can be transmitted to users through cars and machines. , To enhance the convenience of daily travel. In terms of hardware, the 12.3-inch full LCD instrument and the central control screen are already at the leading level in all intelligent connected systems, but the physical buttons in the car are indeed less, but the designer’s purpose is to guide users to use more steering wheel buttons and Voice commands to further reduce the driver's attention due to operating various buttons and improve driving safety.

Other hardware and software equipment

All three models of Ruiji are equipped with dual-zone automatic air conditioners with air purification devices and rear exhaust vents as standard. The temperature, air volume and even seat heating functions of the air conditioner can be controlled by voice. At the same time, the system can also adjust the main unit according to the source of the voice command The air conditioner setting on the driver or co-driver's side, intelligent performance is in place.

In terms of charging facilities, Ruiji has a large number of USB ports in the front and rear rows. All versions except the Yuexiang model provide wireless charging for mobile phones, which can meet the charging needs of most users. The mid-range version (Jiaxiang) we shot this time is equipped with 6-speaker audio as standard. Only the top ST-LINE is equipped with a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Function realization

In terms of functions, let's start with the entertainment system. Basic radio and local music playback must be standard functions. Not to mention. SYNC+ has built-in online audio resources such as QQ Music, Himalaya FM, Xiami Music, and video resources such as iQiyi. It can be said that the content is relatively rich. Up. It should be noted that not all resources of iQiyi are free. Some popular movies and TV series require users to bind their own iQiyi VIP account before they can watch it.

The SYNC+ system is equipped with Baidu online navigation. In addition to common functions such as avoiding congestion and teaming based on real-time road conditions, manual input of license plates can also realize functions such as avoiding restricted areas. In addition to voice commands and touch screens, mobile apps can also be used to search for navigation destinations and send them to the car. Nowadays, more and more intelligent connected systems have similar functions.

Ruiji's performance in parking assistance is somewhat lacking. As a compact SUV with a starting price of nearly 190,000 yuan, all models are equipped with traditional reversing images only as standard, and only ST-LINE can be optional for panoramic images. In addition, the front and rear parking radars are only available with the top configuration, and the Jiaxiang model we tested this time is also equipped with a rear radar as standard. Even so, the clarity of the rear parking screen is worthy of recognition, even in the dim underground garage, you can clearly see the license plate 2 meters away.

After downloading the “Ford Pass” App and completing the vehicle binding, the remote control function of the vehicle can be realized. The commonly used remote start, lock/unlock and other functions are all complete. In addition, functions such as maintenance appointment, vehicle condition query, and navigation destination delivery can be realized through the mobile phone App, which basically covers most of the daily travel scenarios.

Service ecology

In order for drivers to completely abandon the use of mobile phones in the car, the in-vehicle system should have some common functions of mobile phones. From the current stage, the layout of the service ecology is very important. It can not only improve the sense of grade during daily travel and car use, but also It can bring some convenience to travel, so we have included the service ecology in the evaluation system.

In terms of service ecology, the SYNC+ system can now achieve common functions such as ticket purchase, takeaway, hotel reservation, and non-inductive payment for parking fees, and the remaining flight tickets can also be inquired through the car and machine. Smart home remote control is also the “standard” function of more and more connected systems today. The SYNC+ system can remotely control Xiaodu smart speakers at home and further remotely control more home smart appliances.

Communication Favorability

The voice interaction function of the SYNC+ intelligent connection system performs fairly well in terms of comprehension ability and communication friendliness. There are basically no problems with normal questioning and communication. At the same time, the system is also diverse and rich in query, shopping, translation and other services. Basically, I can give a certain answer, so I can give a good score in the logical algorithm. However, because the SYNC+ system still uses the large screen as the main communication medium, and the car does not provide any avatar image, it is impossible to score in the form of communication.

● Article summary:

Auto Home Smart Car Association Evaluation
Rank Model Human-computer interaction Function realization Service ecology Communication Favorability Total score
1

BYD Han

DiLink3.0

106.4 95 62 40 90.72
2

Roewe RX5 PLUS

Zebra VENUS 4.0

91.3 89.2 83 70 87.94
3

Qi Chenxing

Kaichen Zhilian System 4.0

91.5 92.8 74.0 20.0 85.95
4 Nezha U
Pivot system
99.0 94.9 26.0 60.0 84.05
5 AION LX
ADiGO IoT System
80.0 98.4 30.0 30.0 79.20
6

Haval F5

86.5 85.2 60.0 30.0 79.05
7

Roewe RX5

Zebra 3.0

83.6 81.2 66.0 50.0 78.08
8

Territory S

87 93.2 20.0 40.0 77.70
9 AIWAYS U5
AI-OS system
86.5 84.0 46.0 50.0 77.35
10

Star Way LX
Lion Zhiyun 3.0

84.7 89.7 36.0 30.0 77.16
19 Ruiji
SYNC+
76.5 80.0 64.0 30.0 74.05

Judging from the scores and built-in functions of this test, the SYNC+ system of Ruiji and other domestic Ford models has reached the leading level in terms of intelligence and service ecology. This will not only help improve the convenience of people’s travel, but also a variety of Online services will also subtly change the user's travel habits, which is a very important configuration for modern people. The 12.3-inch horizontal screen is not visually prominent in the entire cockpit. Compared with the 12.8-inch vertical screen, although it is less avant-garde, it is visually more harmonious when integrated into the entire center console, taking into account beauty and practicality. If you consider Ruiji this car when you buy a car in the near future, you might as well go to the dealer to actually experience this intelligent connection system.