The all new Ford Focus will utilise Ford SYNC with MYFord Touch technology to provide a WiFi hotspot, when the technology makes its debut next year.
The Ford Focus will be the first model to benefit from SYNC's connectivity, which will be available in several other Ford models after its debut on the new Focus.
The SYNC-equipped Ford Focus will use its owner's existing USB modem or smartphone to deliver a secure wireless connection which can be broadcast throughout the vehicle. The WiFi connection will provide up to five connections for any WiFi enabled device.
Compatibility with a variety of USB devices means customers will not need to purchase specifically compatible equipment. SYNC will be updatable to ensure compatibility with the latest devices -including hardware that is not yet on the market.
When the system arrives in the Ford Focus in 2012, the factory-installed system will seamlessly integrate the hardware into the vehicle with no need for bolt-in receiver and transmitter.
Default security is set to WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), which requires users to enter a randomly generated password to connect. When a new device is connected for the first time, SYNC requires the driver to specifically allow the device to connect to prevent unauthorised connections.Published 10 May 2011