We’re not averse to new technology here in the Hooniverse. As such, we were eager to get a look at the latest that Dearborn has to offer. Ford’s MyTouch system is a combination of infotainment and HVAC controls available on most new Fords and Lincolns (R.I.P. Mercury). Having driven two vehicles so equipped I found this interface via touchscreen, steering wheel buttons, or voice to be extremely frustrating. It just did not work well for me but your results may.
The man in this video is Craig Fitzgerald. Craig used to work at Hemmings, but now contributes to the Boston Globe. He has a fine taste in cars, recently selling his pristine Pontiac Parisienne for a Buick Rivera. The man also owned a Series II Land Rover and a bunch of cars that I don’t know much about. Several years ago Craig bought my E39 525i Touring, which is now driven by his wife.
In this video Craig shows us how well the voice-controlled portion of the MyTouch system works. With a little more patiance I had slightly better results, but they were far from good. The problem with using the touch-screen is that it’s placed low in the dash requiring the driver to take his or her eyes off the road. I almost rear-ended an Expedition in an Lincoln MKX.
In the Explorer, there are two little screens on each side of the speedometer, which are controlled by the arrows on each side of the steering wheel. This work surprsingly well. Having said that, Craig is right in the fact that a few simple knobs would make the whole experience much more pleasent and most importantly, safer.