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Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Cupertino says that over 200 vehicle models now support CarPlay, a number that doesn't include the 2016 Ford models eligible for the new SYNC 3 update. The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.

You can obtain the update in three ways: by downloading over the air for Wi-Fi-connected vehicles, by bringing your auto to a Ford dealership, or by downloading the update to a USB drive then manually plugging into the auto. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, the dealership can also update the system for you.

Our SYNC 3 software platform was created to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements.

Retroactively offering this kind of thing to auto owners is a definite change in tone for auto makers, since they typically use these kinds of things as incentives to get people interested in vehicle model updates. Now, Ford has some decent news for 2016 model year owners: CarPlay and Android Auto is now available by way of a free update via Wi-Fi, a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is created to minimize distraction while on the road.

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher, Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive way to make phone calls, use voice-guided navigation, listen to music, and send and receive messages while staying focused on the road.

Those with Ford Sync 3 in 2017 models will already have support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you simply have to connect your phone via USB.

The move is a leap forward for Ford, which said in a press release Friday that it's the first time the automaker has offered an over-the-air update via Wi-Fi. As long as the system is connected to the Wi-Fi, the update process will keep running in the background.


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