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Old 06-17-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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Ford to bring back physical radio controls for frustrated touchscreen users

I just seen this on The Verge and it does not sound good. I hope we still get updates to MFT.

Ford is planning to bring back traditional knobs and buttons to interactive dashboards inside its vehicles. The company will go back to basics in an attempt to reduce the complexity of its in-car technology, despite becoming one of the first manufacturers to integrate touchscreens and voice recognition inside its cars, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to Raj Nair, Ford's VP of Engineering for Global Product Development, owners have complained that its systems make it difficult to switch radio stations or change the volume. As a result, the company will reintroduce physical controls having spent "a lot of time with customers to find out what exactly are the areas that are bothering them." Ford says it has integrated SYNC and MyFord Touch in 79 percent of vehicles sold in 2013 and claims it has "double the sales mix of infotainment systems sold with Toyota and Honda vehicles."

SYSTEMS MAKE IT HARD TO SWITCH STATIONS OR CHANGE THE VOLUME

As sales of vehicles equipped with its infotainment systems increase, Ford is bracing for more criticism. Despite this, the company says that car owners with SYNC and MyFord Touch installed have a higher rate of satisfaction over those that don't no doubt helped by its support for Spotify, Amazon, and a number of other apps. While Ford hasn't said when its redesigned systems will be rolled out, it has plans to overhaul the technology in existing models as part of a summer 2013 update before Apple's iOS in the Car comes to new Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, and Volvo models next year.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/17/44...c-myford-touch


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Old 06-17-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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I love the clean look without all those buttons. I have no issues using voice commands and rarely use any physical buttons on the console. My GF will tinker with the volume or SKIP buttons, but that's it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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The minimal amount of buttons right now in models with MFT is perfect in my opinion. Just update the damn software so it works better and everything will be great! How hard can it be?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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the minimal amount of buttons right now in models with mft is perfect in my opinion. Just update the damn software so it works better and everything will be great! How hard can it be?
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In that screen shot, are those seat heater controls on the climate screen?
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:35 PM   #5
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I am no rocket scientist, I have even been told I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I was able to figure MFT out. I hate to see Ford dumb it down and clutter it up, when there was no real problem with the equipment, minus some software issues. Ford should just stick with MFT or not. If touching an image of button that lets you know what station you are selecting vs an actual button that tells you after the fact what you selected is an improvement?? Trouble changing volume??? Doesn't everyone's have a big volume knob right in the middle of the console?? Oh yea, I forgot, volume on the left, tuning on the right. What was Ford thinking putting one big knob in the middle that does both.

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:04 AM   #6
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The talk of adding back buttons is directed at models other than the Focus.
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^^^^ What lewisra said.

They are really referring to this as far as the physical buttons:

Product development chief Raj Nair told WSJ that Ford's surveys showed customers wanted to change channels or stereo volume through tried-and-true knobs, and Ford will bring some of those back. Already, a scaled-back version of MyFord Touch in the Focus compact and Escape SUV has physical climate controls rather than the capacitive ones found in the Fusion, Taurus, Edge and Explorer.
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