DEARBORN, MI – Ford next year plans to offer its Sync multimedia system outside North America, with the capability to operate in 19 languages through voice recognition. The system, based on the Microsoft Auto software platform, was designed to be highly flexible, but reconfiguring the voice-recognition technology to accommodate numerous languages and different dialects proved no easy task. “It (was) a great challenge,” John Schneider, chief engineer-infotainment, tells Ward’s at a ...

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