At the Consumer Electronic Show today, Ford demonstrated linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to its vehicles to allow consumers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other features of their homes from their car, and to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle’s fuel range from the comforts of their home. Ford is developing ways to pair millions of SYNC®-equipped vehicles globally with home automation devices or smart home products. For more on this topic, read the Ford press release, “Smart Cars Meet Smart Homes” or watch the Ford video with a C-MAX on youtube.
On December 3rd, Ford announced that iPhone users with SYNC equipped vehicles dating all the way back to the 2011 model year will get Apple Siri-Eyes-Free capability. Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar activating Siri on an iPhone. The simple, downloadable update will be available through http://owner.ford.com/. I looked today (4th) and didn’t see the update at the website yet for my 2013 Ford C-Max Energi.
California and Maryland buyers between October 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016 of the Ford C-Max Energi will receive free access for three years to the SemaConnect and NRG EVgo charging networks. For information on enrolling, go to the EV 1-2-3 Charge website. In the area of Southern California I’m currently in (Irvine), there are very few chargers on these networks. For most customers, this is probably of minimal benefit. I suggest you check out the map for charger locations to see how beneficial it would be for you.