Ford Motor Company has partnered with TeleNav to bring connected navigation to its MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch-equipped vehicles around the world.
MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch will allow customers to interact with the navigation system through a touch screen interface or SYNC’s voice recognition capabilities to find local information and navigate to their destinations.
The system includes an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack and dual 4.2-inch screens in the instrument cluster to showcase full color maps and guidance information.
TeleNav’s SD card-based navigation system provides an easily updateable option compared to CD, DVD or hard-drive-based systems.
TeleNav’s global navigation solution includes regional and local information such as languages, guidance and maps.
Similar to the U.S. version, MyFord Touch in China, Europe and South America will include Eco-Route, an application developed by TeleNav that calculates a fuel-efficient option for each route.
Initial Ford testing indicated Eco-Route can be up to 15 percent more fuel-efficient when compared to other route options provided by MyFord Touch.
MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch are currently available in the U.S. in the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, and soon in the 2011 Ford Explorer.
Starting in 2011 with the all new Ford Focus, TeleNav’s connected navigation solution will be available globally in China, Europe and South America.
Note: The SD Card navigation upgrade costs $795 on top of the MyFord Touch system in the US.