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Ford adds fuel price monitoring and parking spot finder tech to SNYC 4 infotainment system

Ford’s new infotainment operating system includes fuel pric- and parking spot-finding technology.

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Ford vehicle drivers looking for a parking spot or cheap fuel options won't have to fumble for their smartphone while driving. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker has announced a partnership With INRIX to deliver technologies to assist with these functions in the new SYNC 4 infotainment system.

The system allows drivers to search for, compare, and drive to parking options as well as searching for one (or more) of their available 380,000 fuel pumps in the system. Real-time parking service is available in around 20,000 cities and 150 countries, and includes routes to the closest street and garage spot, including rates, restrictions and real-time occupancy. Users are able to use the technology via touch or voice recognition technology.

SYNC 4 SYNC 4's screen shows a user multiple parking options at once.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

"Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services – and that is exactly what SYNC 4 offers, including INRIX's parking and fuel price innovations," said Gary Jablonski, manager, Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems. "For example, many F-150 customers drive from job to job in new areas where we can help guide them to gas stations and parking spots closest to them, or perhaps a bit further if they are looking for cheaper options."

INRIX launched the industry's first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in June 2015.

"Since 2008, INRIX has played an important role bringing connected services to Ford SYNC drivers," said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX. "These services are no longer just a selling point but a requirement – real-time information like traffic, parking and fuel play a critical role in the entire driving experience."

SYNC 4 will first appear in the company's redesigned F-150, new Mustang Mach-E, and new two- and four-door Bronco models With navigation The F-150 will be the first of those models to market, arriving this autumn.

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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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