Voice recognition for new Ford Focus

The futuristic technology, named SYNC, will be introduced to Ford Focus models in 2012 and is expected to appear in over two million Ford cars in Europe by 2015.

The voice recognition technology recognises 10,000 words in 19 languages and is capable of controlling climate control, audio, entertainment and satellite navigation systems.

Devices linked to the car using Bluetooth or via a USB can also be controlled using the innovative software.

The SYNC technology will be launched by Ford CEO Alan Mulally in Hannover, Germany today. He said: "At Ford, we have always believed that the intelligent application of technology can help us deliver the very best customer experience and help us contribute to a better world, so we challenged ourselves to build technologically advanced cars that make driving greener, safer and smarter for all.”

The new Ford Focus is expected to be one of the best-selling cars of 2011 after it arrives in the UK in March 2011.

Available in both five-door hatchback and estate body styles, the family size car comes with updated styling and more equipment than the current generation.

Built on the same all-new platform as the C-Max people carrier, the Ford Focus also comes with Ford’s new low-CO2 ECOnetic diesel engines, including a 109g/km which is exempt from first year road tax in the UK.

The new 2011 Ford Focus will start from £15,995 for entry-level models. The most popular option, however, is expected to be the Titanium trim level, which is set to make up 70 per cent of all Focuses delivered to the UK market, according to the manufacturer.