New Ford Focus to become moving WIFI hotspot

Ford’s ‘SYNC’ system essentially turns the family car into a mobile WIFI hotspot and is capable of connecting to up to five different devices, including phones and laptops, according to Ford.

"Ford is an automaker that is quickly becoming a personal technology company as well," says Christof Kellerwessel, chief engineer for electronic and electrical systems. "We’re finding that Ford customers are tech savvy and – while travelling as passengers in cars – they want to be able to use their WiFi enabled devices while on the move."

However, buyers will have to wait until 2012 before the technology is introduced to the UK’s best-selling car of 2012.

Ford says the wait before the technology is rolled out will not be a problem, and SYNC will be compatible with newer devices that have not been released yet.

Kellerwessel explained: "We knew from the beginning that our connectivity solution would have to keep pace with the rapid advancement of consumer electronics and be flexible and upgradeable in order to remain useful to customers for as long as they own their vehicles."

SYNC will not increase the price of the new Ford Focus, which starts from £15,995 on-the-road for entry-level Edge models. Zetec, Titanium and range-topping Titanium X specifications are also available alongside a choice of seven engines.

With the introduction of WIFI to its cars, Ford says it is becoming a ‘personal technology’ company as well as a car maker. Air conditioning, DAB Audio System, a 12v power socket and Bluetooth with USB connectivity are all included as standard in all 2011 Ford Focus cars.

The first models from the new Ford Focus range were delivered to UK customers in March 2011. A new Ford Focus Estate will join the hatchback version in the UK in the next few months.