My Ford Touch

Should I pay to keep updating My Ford Touch?

Episode 1204

Joe from Santa Clarita, CA

Joe has to pay $150 a year to have his MyFordTouch apps updated. Why should he do that anymore when Waze is in real time? Leo agrees. There's a huge mismatch between how long it takes to build and update a car as an app. Ford no longer supports My Ford Touch and Ford Sync, since that was a Microsoft product. Instead, Ford got app developers to write for them. And the new generation has both Apple (CarPlay) and Android (AndroidCar). They're using the phone as an extension of the car and as such, updates will happen over the air. Unfortunately, it's only with new models.

Will Ford keep updating My Ford Touch?

Ford Focus

Episode 1173

Tom from Calimesa, CA

Tom has a Ford Focus and he's got My Ford Touch. Leo says that so many people complained about My Ford Touch, that Ford has abandoned it. How can he charge and sync his phone with it? Leo says he can not only do that, but he can update the software.

If he got the last update, that's probably the end of the line. Tom will want to be aware of the fact that cars with this kind of technology can be hacked, which is scary. He should check out Security Now episode 497.