With each new model year, cars become more advanced and more connected to the outside world. Cars today can connect users to Facebook, Twitter, Email, and Text Messages all through their smart phone and infotainment center.
This year the Ford Focus was named Connected Car of the Year 2012 by Connected World magazine. The editors of the magazine based their awards on three broad factors: safety, convenience, and information options.
Safety includes everything from active safety features to help provide extra assurances to drivers, to distraction-free driving.
To help judge convenience, judges looked at overall comfort of the system and driver convenience. Criteria included remote access to the vehicle, vehicle diagnostic information, traffic and navigation features, as well as driver assistance programs.
The third and final category was judged on providing information options in a distraction-free manner. Features include streaming content, device-pairing capaibilites, social media connections, and Web connectivity.
“The Ford Focus sets a high bar in the small category when it comes to connectivity with MyFord Touch®and SYNC®,” said Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine. “They just keep getting better and better. No other car in its class comes close to offering such a high level of safety, convenience and infotainment. Techies and non-techies alike are enjoying this connected ride.”