Ford brings Siri Eyes Free support to older vehicles

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Siri Eyes Free is coming to 2011 model Fords and earlier.
Siri Eyes Free is coming to 2011 model Fords and earlier.
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Ford owners with a second-generation Sync infotainment system can now get Apple’s Siri Eyes Free feature for iPhone on the car dashboard, thanks to a new Sync 3.8 update.

The second-gen Sync system is found on Ford vehicles made since 2011 and earlier, but the company is just now making Siri Eyes Free available on its vehicles, even though Apple rolled out the feature with iOS 6 back in 2012.

The Sync 3.8 update was first spotted by AppleInsider after it was rolled out to vehicles this morning to second-gen Sync vehicles with MyFord Touch. Also included in the update is a fix that makes pairing your iPhone with Sync easier by automatically reconnecting a device if it’s disconnected.

Siri Hands Free contains a lot less features that CarPlay, but it does allow drivers to use voice commands to operate your iPhone with Siri. Now that iOS 9 has added even more capabilities to Siri, it gives drivers even fewer reasons to be distracted by their phone while driving.

Ford plans to replace its second-generation Sync in 2016 with the Sync 3 platform. Executives at the company have said they plan to support CarPlay, however they haven’t given any details about when the feature will be added.