updated 09:45 am EDT, Tue October 18, 2011
User-downloadable upgrade at Ford Sync website
Ford has released a free software update for its SYNC in-car system. Version G1 V3.2.2 will give more SYNC users the ability to have text messages read aloud to them while driving through the emerging Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP). Last year, Ford praised RIM for embracing the standard, and called on other manufacturers and OS developers to do so. HTC, Samsung and LG have all only recently been certified for the MAP protocol.
Ford first integrated MAP into SYNC with its 2011 MyFord Touch®-equipped vehicles. The update will extend MAP to some 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles equipped with first-generation SYNC systems.
Users can check to see if their vehicle is eligible for the upgrade at the Ford SYNC My Ride website.