Computer History Museum Adds Ford SYNC to Collection


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Ford Motor Co. SYNC in-car communications and connectivity system was added Tuesday to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. for the museum’s permanent collection.

SYNC is the award-winning in-car connectivity system that provides voice control for mobile phones and digital music players connected via Bluetooth or USB. Ford co-developed the system with Microsoft using the Windows Embedded Automotive platform. SYNC debuted in the 2008 Focus, Ford’s most affordable car offering at the time, as a $395 option.

Within two years, SYNC became available in every new Ford Motor Company product. By early 2012, more than 4 million SYNC-equipped vehicles were on the road. By 2015, that number is expected to grow to 9 million as Ford introduces the technology into products around the world.

“As cars have transformed into mobile platforms for consumers’ communication and entertainment needs, the intersection of automotive and computing developments is becoming an increasingly important area for the museum to consider,” said Alex Bochannek, curator and senior manager of the Computer History Museum. 

“Ford Motor Company’s collaboration with Microsoft on SYNC technology is an example of this changing landscape. The Computer History Museum is pleased to add a first-generation Ford SYNC module to its permanent collection in support of our continued efforts to document the effects of computing on society at large.”

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