Ford’s SYNC 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Available in All 2017 Models

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Ford is moving ahead with their own, Google’s and Apple’s advanced infotainment in every single model.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 25, 2016

    Ford’s SYNC 3.0, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto announcement.

    This morning Ford announced it is expanding its SYNC 3 connectivity platform across its entire 2017 U.S. vehicle lineup of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles.

    Ford’s own in-house designed SYNC 3 infotainment technology along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto being available across its entire lineup saves $s and improves quality versus a vehicle by vehicle rollout. The SW/HW is robust enough so that future, over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi will keep it up to date for the foreseeable future.

    The Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer are already available as 2017 MY vehicles at dealerships with the F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty arriving over the next few months.

    Jeffrey Hannah, Director of North America for Global Automotive Technology Research Firm SBD:
    As part of Ford’s effort to present ever easier to use mobility solutions, SYNC 3 features all-new hardware and software for faster and more intuitive performance and more conversational voice recognition.

    Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services are also includes within the SYNC 3 AppLink.

    2017 Ford Mustang with SYNC 3.0 and Apple CarPlay


    Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

    Android Auto is available on devices with Android 5.0 and higher and similarly delivers Google Maps and music to a car’s screen while enabling voice controls for phone calls and messaging.

    All in, it appears that Ford will the first to offer the ground breaking infotainment technology across its entire lineup and that is a great addition no matter the price range of the vehicle.
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Ford SYNC3 Update: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for 2016 MY Vehicles

    Ford is making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available to model-year 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3. Customers with model-year 2016 Ford vehicles can update to the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 by downloading to a USB drive, visiting a dealership or automatically through a Wi-Fi connection.

    Customers can update their software by visiting Owner Ford to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership. Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically.

    Android Auto is compatible with Android devices 5.0 and higher. It provides an Android like experience inside the vehicle safely and easily with Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third party apps projected on the car's built-in display and available via voice controls. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is designed to minimize distraction while on the road.

    Apple CarPlay from compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher, provides 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. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control. Apple CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers. Unfortunately Apple CarPlay sucks. :(

    SYNC 3 currently supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all model-year 2017 Ford cars including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang, SUVs including the Escape, Explorer and Expedition, F-Series trucks and Ford’s electrified vehicles.

    OTA Wi-Fi Updates

    This is the first time the company is offering a SYNC update via Wi-Fi. In Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles with Automatic System Updates turned on within SYNC 3, the system will periodically connect to a customer’s designated Wi-Fi network to check for updates. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction. And SYNC 3 is designed to perform the update as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off, therefore there is no need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place.
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