Ford Motor Co. is to offer Focus customers mobile WiFi internet connectivity when it launches its second-generation Ford SYNC system with MyFord Touch technology in Europe next year.
According to the automaker, customers will be able to plug a USB mobile broadband modem into the SYNC's USB port, allowing up to five Focus passengers to connect, via any WiFi-enabled device, to a secure wireless connection broadcast through throughout the vehicle.
"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,'' Christof Kellerwessel, Ford's chief engineer for electronic and electrical systems engineering, said in a statement.
"Because it will be able to make use of a customer's existing USB modem device or obtain a connection through a smartphone connected via Bluetooth, SYNC will offer the best value and flexibility for Ford customers," he said.
The factory-installed SYNC system will make its debut in the 2012 Ford Focus, before being rolled out to several other vehicles, Ford said.
Ford SYNC's system will offer customers WiFi protected access 2 (WPA2),requiring users to enter a password to the system and preventing unauthorized users from ' piggybacking' on the SYNC-provided signal, Ford said.
To remain compatible with the latest hardware and devices, the system will also provide software updates to customers.