Ford partners with TomTom for next-generation navigation system

SYNC system will use TomTom data to provide real-time traffic and construction information

Ford announced on Thursday that TomTom Global has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide real-time mapping for its next-generation navigation system. 

The SYNC navigation system will debut in Ford’s upcoming 2021 F-150 pickup and the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV.

Ford’s system with TomTom Traffic is designed to provide the most current traffic and construction information by using up-to-the-minute information to predict congestion points before they occur. 

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TomTom is able to use information from millions of connected devices to analyze traffic patterns and update its information every 30 seconds. 

“The all-new F-150 is Ford’s flagship and the Mustang Mach-E is one of the industry’s most exciting vehicles this year–-both are leading the next automotive revolution of connected vehicles,” said Stuart Taylor, executive director of Enterprise Connectivity. 

“Their next-generation SYNC technologies have twice the computing power of the previous-generation system to do much more, including real-time, smartphone-like mapping that can help you adjust on the fly to quicker routes based on their network of millions of connected devices.”

The 2021 F-150 should arrive on the market this fall with the SYNC 4 technology a part of the standard package. The 2021 Mustang Mach E, according to Ford’s website, is slated to be released “late 2020.”

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