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Ford To Add Apple CarPlay, Android Auto To SYNC 3-Equipped 2016 Models

Ford Motor Company is set to release a new update for 2016 model-year vehicles equipped with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, unlocking Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities that had previously been absent.

Owners will have the option to update by visiting a dealership, downloading an install file to a USB drive, or applying the software upgrade through a home WiFi network. This marks the first time that Ford will enable one of its updates to be applied via WiFi.

“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, [functionality] and security enhancements,” says Ford Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services Don Butler. “With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles.”

Android Auto is compatible with Android-powered mobile devices with version 5.0 or higher of the operating system. Google Maps, Google Play Music, and some third-party apps are integrated into the infotainment system with on-screen projection and voice controls, as are phone and messaging functions.

Apple CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and later models with iOS 7.1 and higher. Like with Android Auto, CarPlay allows integration with the in-car infotainment system, enabling app projection on the SYNC 3 screen, and voice control via Apple’s Siri system. Beside the new software update, Apple CarPlay will require an additional USB hub upgrade from your local Ford dealer.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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