Ford's newest weapon in the in-car tech arms race - the Ford SYNC voice activated computer and infotainment system - is about to hit UK shores but not in the Ford B-Max as expected. Instead the first cars on the roads to feature the new tech will be the smart sporty hot-hatch, the Ford Focus ST.
The SYNC system will still appear in the new Ford B-Max range when they go on sale but will be available first in the new Focus STs when first cars set to take the road from early October.
The Ford SYNC system made its first European appearance at Mobile World Congress back in February. It offers Bluetooth pairing and voice-activation from smartphones, MP3-player conectivity and voice control plus live Emergency Assistance in multiple languages depending on where you're driving your car.
There are also live 3D sat-nav features, the ability to read out SMS messages and automatic phonebook download which puts your smartphone contacts, inlcuding phonebook photos, instantly onto the cars built-in memory.
The technology has been well recieved in the US where it has been available for a number of years and will be Ford's most advanced in-car tech to reach UK shores so far.
Ford has also confirmed that a full 8-inch touchscreen version of Sync that has already been rolled out in the US will be making its way to the UK soon, although there's no exact date.