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How far can I go part II–using the car

How often do you use the Navigation system on the FFE? Probably not often. After all you can only go 70+ miles or so on a charge right? In addition you pretty much know your neighborhood and where you drive it (it is a commuter car…).

Even if you have used the nav system you probably have only set a single destination: “Take me home”. There are other buttons on the screen:
Nav screen

Ever wonder what that “Set as Waypoint” button does? Try it. Pressing that button takes you here:
Nav screen 2

You can use this screen to add in a bunch of stops to your route. You can indicate at each stop weather or not you’ll be charging. You can use this screen to program in an entire route to see if you can make it on the current charge. If you tell the car that you’ll be charging only at the last stop that way when you start the route in the car the “status” value will indicate if you can make the route or not (a positive value for status means you’ll have extra miles available after the route, a negative value means you can’t make the route). You can even be sitting at “Home” and program in “Home” as the last stop for a round trip.

To add more stops simply press the “Add Waypoint” button at top left. When adding intermediate stops be sure to hit the “Set as Waypoint” button at the POI screen (seen above with the button circled). When adding the last point hit the “Set as Dest” button. To start using the route you’ve created press the “Compute Route” button at the lower left. This will bring you to the normal start navigation screen where it shows the different route options (shortest, fastest, etc.) where you can continue just like using a single point destination.

 

Where ever you go; there you are.

One feature of the MyFord Touch (and MyLincoln Touch–forgot to mention that: anything that talks about MyFord Touch also applies to MyLincoln) that I use quite frequently and briefly touched on in my¬†Tricks and Tips post is the ability to send a map destination to the car from a computer or smartphone. I find this feature useful enough that it needs its own how to do this post by itself…

First things first, though, before attempting any of this you need to have your cell phone and car “linked” up both using the bluetooth connection in the car and linked up on http://www.syncmyride.com. This is a separate website from the My Ford Mobile site Focus Electric users use to check their battery, remote start the car, etc. The syncmyride site is setup for all MyFord Touch owners to use for checking for updates, enabling sync services, scheduling service, etc. To use the download destination feature you need to be signed up for sync services and have your cell phone # registered on syncmyride. ¬†The good news is that this setup is done only once so you can set it up and forget it (although you won’t want to completely forget it! LOL).

Now that you have sync services setup you can try it out: go out to the car, start it, press the sync button, and say “services”. The car will use your cell phone and dial into an 800 # at Ford. You’ll hear a similar voice to the sync voice–but this one is from a server through your phone–you can say: “traffic”, “weather”, “sports”, etc. to get various reports. (Since this service is through Ford instead of Sirius/XM you can still use this if your Sirius/XM account for the car expires–although I highly recommend keeping your Sirius/XM account subscribed.)

How to send a destination: I’m going to detail using MapQuest to send the destination to the car but you can also do this through the MyFord Mobile website or smartphone app.

On your computer browse to http://www.mapquest.com and enter in an address (for the purposes of this instruction I’ll use Joe Louis Arena’s address in Detroit):
Joe Louis Arena

To send the destination to the car click on the “Send” button at the top right. A drop down menu will appear: click on “Car”.
MapQuest Send Button
On the next window click on “Sync”:
MapQuest send to window
Finally enter in your cell phone # (the one registered to Sync Services) and (optionally) a name for the destination:
MapQuest send to phone

Now run out to your car, really it only works if you run! (ok just kidding you can take as long as you want. Sync services will remember the last destination sent to it until you download it into the car). In your car start it up and press the Sync button; at the prompt say “services”. When connected instead of asking for a command services will say: “MapQuest has sent you a waypoint to …. Do you wish to navigate there?” answer “yes” and wait about a minute while it downloads the destination. When it is done the phone will hang up, the right screen on the dash will say something like “destination downloaded” and the main MFT display will be on the navigation screen showing you the destination (don’t be concerned if the navigation screen labels the destination as “Street, City, State” look at the map it will be showing the proper location).

MFT display showing destination

Thats it; you can now hit “set as dest” on the screen (or press the sync button and say “set as dest”). Either way the car will take you there…

Note that on the Focus Electric after pressing “set as dest” the car will ask you if you will be charging the car at the destination. I find myself always answering “yes” to this question as I find the displays that show up when answering yes are quite useful.