Ford now supports SYNC 3 with software updates to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ™ for 2016 and 2017 model years.
Customers can now update the software by downloading the software to a USB drive, visiting a reseller, or using wireless Wi-Fi. This is Ford’s first Wi-Fi software update. It offers a convenient and automated alternative to existing upgrade methods.
Customers with Ford 2016 model year cars can upgrade SYNC 3 to the new version 2.2 to take advantage of this Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
“Our SYNC 3 software platform is designed to be easily updated to provide our customers with the latest and greatest features, features and safety improvements,” said Don Butler, CEO of Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “Current updates allow us to provide customers with new features in the background while continuing to use their cars.”
Android Auto is compatible with Android ™ 5.0 and later versions, providing a safe and convenient operation with Android in-car. It offers Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third-party apps that are projected onto the car’s built-in display and are available through voice control. With an optimized interface, large touchscreens, Google voice search, and easy-to-use voice commands, Android Auto is designed to minimize distractions on the go.
Apple CarPlay is compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models with iOS 7.1 or later. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive way to make calls, use voice navigation, listen to music, and send and receive messages. Convenience allows the driver to focus on the road. Users can control Apple CarPlay through a built-in display or using Siri voice control. To support Apple CarPlay, you need to upgrade the USB hub, which can be purchased from Ford dealers.
SYNC 3 currently supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all Ford 2017 model year cars, including Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang, SUVs including Escape, Explorer and Expedition models, F-series trucks and Ford electric vehicles.
Get updates over Wi-Fi
Ford has had SYNC updates since 2009, but this is the first time the company has offered an upgrade via Wi-Fi. In Wi-Fi cars with automatic system updates included in SYNC 3, the system will periodically connect to the Wi-Fi network. appointed by a customer to check for updates. If an update is available, the system will automatically download it in the background for a certain period of time without user intervention. THE SYNC 3 is designed to be updated until Wi-Fi is connected before the car shuts down, so there is no need to keep the car in working order to make the upgrade happen.