Ford SYNC ‘Do Not Disturb’ Option To Make Avoiding Calls Easier

Ford is introducing a new ‘Do Not Disturb‘ functionality on their in-car SYNC communication and entertainment system that is aimed at reducing the number of drivers who text and talk over mobile phones while they drive. This functionality, that will be incorporated on all the 2011 models equipped with MyFord or MyLincoln Touch, will let […]

Ford is introducing a new ‘Do Not Disturb‘ functionality on their in-car SYNC communication and entertainment system that is aimed at reducing the number of drivers who text and talk over mobile phones while they drive. This functionality, that will be incorporated on all the 2011 models equipped with MyFord or MyLincoln Touch, will let drivers select the range of activities that shall be barred on the mobile phone that is synced with Ford SYNC while the option is activated. These activities include

  • Pairing a Bluetooth-capable phone
  • Manually adding individual contacts into the phone book
  • Viewing received text messages on-screen
  • Web browsing on the vehicle’s screen
  • Playing video
  • Browsing album cover art, phone book, and photos
  • Editing photos
  • Editing the screen’s wallpaper or adding a new one
  • Destination entry by touch-screen keyboard input (voice entry is permissible)

The feature will however not stop users making voice-activated out-going calls from their mobile phones while driving. This will require the Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP) implemented on mobile phones. While Research in Motion is learned to be incorporating this in their upcoming Blackberry phones, other manufacturers are still not decided on this.