- using data from inrix, ford's new sync 4 infotainment system will allow drivers to find open parking and compare gas prices.
- the sync 4 system will first be seen in the 2021 f-150, and then the mach-e and bronco.
- inrix's real-time data on parking is available in nearly 20,000 cities in 150 countries.
ford is doing an overhaul of its sync infotainment system, and has now announced that its sync 4 system will pull data from inrix, an analytics company, to provide drivers with up-to-date information on the cheapest gas—or charger—available and open parking spots. the first vehicles to have the option of ford's sync 4 with this added parking and gas information capability will be the mustang mach-e, the 2021 f-150, and the two-door and four-door bronco. the f-150 gets it first, and a ford spokesman told car and driver that sync 4 will be standard on all f-150 trim levels. the parking and gas feature, however, is part of an optional embedded navigation system.
using the inrix data, the sync 4 system will give drivers information on the closest street parking or garage spot, and also information on any fees, restrictions, and real-time occupancy. inrix's real-time data on parking is available in nearly 20,000 cities in 150 countries.
ford has previously announced that its sync 4 system will come with bigger screens, an over-the-air update system, and machine learning so the system can make "helpful suggestions at the right time based on previous usage." the sync 4 system will be first offered on the 2021 f-150, which is slated to go on sale this fall.