I’m hoping it was just a glitch in the test car. If not, Ford has a serious problem on its hands. During the test week, the navigation in the all-new Ford Escape was not only underwhelming but also picky. The first time I noticed the cranky temperament, I was trying to enter an address on a lost and snowy evening while sitting in a random parking lot in Schaumburg. If I didn’t enter the the address in the exact sequential order (zip/city-street-house number), the whole system seemed to seize up. I mean, heaven forbid that want to start with the street or house number. It was so cranky and I didn’t have the time or patience to RTFM (aka “Read The F***ing Manual) that i just plugged the address into my phone.
But the real kicker — and the crux of the rant — is that at one point the system just … failed. No GPS signal lost. No other explanation. It just failed. It was fine for the first 15 miles of the trip, and then, bam! Fail. Good thing I was only a couple blocks from my destination.
If anyone from Ford is out there and would like to let me know what happened, that would be super appreciated. While I’m not super tech geeky, I do find most of this car stuff relatively intuitive. And, for the record, I’m actually one of the people who likes Sync.