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Ford SYNC’s “DND mode and Improved Text Messaging System” and BlackBerry integration to Ford SYNC

Ford, who uses Microsoft SYNC technology, is now offering two new features to address the problem of distracted driving.

“First is, a “do-not-disturb” button that block incoming text messages and phone calls from paired Bluetooth phone, but still allow to make voice-assisted outgoing calls or connect to emergency assistance via 911. Calls go directly to voicemail and texts are saved for later viewing. Also when in this mode, drivers are prevented from typing an address into nav system and will simplify other actions requiring scrolling.

Second, is the implementation of Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP) into SYNC. MAP allows smartphone devices, in this case Blackberry phones, to connect with SYNC so that the system can read back incoming messages.”

The 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX will be the first to offer new technologies. All 2011 model vehicles with MyFord or MyLincoln Touch will also get this feature later on.

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