Ford launches standard GPS navigation; trouble for PNDs continues

If you plan on purchasing a Ford vehicle equipped with MyFord and SYNC in the future, you won’t have to worry about purchasing an aftermarket PND. Standard with such vehicles will be map-based SD card navigation with personalized traffic reports, voice-guided turn-by-turn directions and web-based information such as business listings.

The Bluetooth-compatible systems will first be available in the Lincoln MKX crossover via its Lincoln MyTouch system. All vehicles with SYNC will have turn-by-turn directions while other information will be supplied by a Bluetooth-connected mobile phone. MyFord adds in two 4.2-inch color LCD displays, one in the instrument panel and the other in the center stack, while MyFord Touch includes the two 4.2-inch displays, but both are in the instrument panel, while an additional 8-inch display is in the center stack. The navigation systems will add visual cues to voice directions.

The SD card navigation will be supplied by TeleNav while additional traffic data will be supplied by INRIX.

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