Ford cars go digital

Ford cars go digital  
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Audio, Technology, Ford
on 10/16/2008

Source: Ford

Ford's latest models are tuning in to the digital future by offering a wider choice of the latest in-car entertainment technology. The Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy are now available with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio and USB ports to plug in a flash drive 'memory stick' or an audio source such as an iPod.

With DAB radio and USB connectivity, Ford's large cars join the Focus, C-MAX and Kuga ranges which introduced the features earlier this year. Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy are now equipped with DAB as standard on Ghia, Titanium, Titanium X and Titanium X Sport derivatives, while other series offer DAB radio as an option.

Markus Pazina, Ford navigation and connectivity engineer, said: “Our latest DAB systems and connectivity options provide Ford customers with digital sound quality from a broad choice of media. We have paid special attention to making the systems simple to operate, so that drivers can access the music they want safely and with a minimum of fuss.”

The Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy – as well as the all-new Ford Fiesta on sale this month – also come with a USB port, so that drivers can listen to their choice of music or other audio files stored on memory sticks, MP3 players or mobile phones.

When this type of digital source is connected to the USB port, drivers can browse audio files via the centre screen and on the display (where Convers+ fitted) between rev counter and speedo using the car's steering wheel-mounted controls. Certain key functions, such as track number selection, can even be operated using the voice control feature.

Apple iPod players can be linked by a special connector (available from Ford dealers), which enables full control of the iPod’s functions using the main audio system controls.

The DAB audio systems provide a wider choice of radio stations with a sound quality free from the type of interference which can affect traditional AM and FM broadcasts. Drivers can check coverage and reception of DAB stations in their area at

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