Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Tech In My Car

I don't know if I ever shared this bit of information with you but my vehicle of 10 years, a 2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara, was in an accident last December.
You should see the other gu...oh wait, you can...nevermind.
It's a really long story how this all went down so I'm not going to get into it here (the folks closest to me know the details).  Point is as a result of this I've been between walking, safari rides and borrowing mom's car.  That is until about a week ago when I finally got a "new" car.
I put the new in quotes because it's actually used...but only for 2 years!  It's a 2012 Ford Escape XLS.  After 10 years of driving my Suzuki and 5 months driving a Toyota Corolla, acclimating to the Ford Escape has been challenging.  I'm getting there though.

Ok, now that I've gone though the back story let's get to the actual point of this blog.  Turns out that this car comes equipped with Ford Sync by Microsoft.  Here's something I learned real fast about it: in the beginning I didn't even really care.  Honestly, this weekend was the first time I really took some time to mess with it.  So far there's only one feature that I've come to use on a regular basis.  That's using my cellular phone as a Bluetooth audio source.  Originally I had a Monster FM Transmitter that I could plug my audio sources into and tune into it using the onboard radio.  Sync makes that obsolete.  It's a welcome change for me as sometimes there's too much interference in the radio signal.  I also managed to sync my phonebook with the car.  Not really sure how that's going to pan out.

What I'm noticing though is I STILL really don't care.  I get in the car so I can get from A to B.  Sync is going to take time and fiddling and I don't really fancy sitting in the car for extended periods of time just to mess with Sync.  So I'll be learning all this system can do in bits and pieces.  For now, the music is enough.

1 comment:

  1. Sync is cool. I have seen some people use it. It's great for getting a call while driving or making a call while driving. No need to whip out the phone so your hands and your eyes are always on the road.