updated 01:25 pm EST, Mon March 5, 2012
MyFord Touch 2 reaches existing cars through USB
Ford on Monday said its MyFord Touch 2 car upgrade was heading out to customers this week. About 300,000 cars that qualify for the upgrade would get a free USB flash drive in the mail that would bring them to the new interface. An upgrade is expected to take about an hour; those with full GPS packages will also get an SD card with newer map info.
Any 2013 model year car that doesn't already have the version 2 update should get it as well. The news came in sync with word that the 2013 Flex and Taurus would both ship with the upgrade.
MyFord Touch 2 is primarily an interface update and greatly simplifies the layout following complaints about the initial generation. It does significantly improve playback for those tethered to the system through an iPhone, Android device, or BlackBerry. Sync Destinations can likewise now send information to the phone first to get an offline copy of directions to be synced to the car later.