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

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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.”

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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.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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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  1. What everyone seems to forget is that this was promised in 2016 and the deadline was end of calendar 2016 for release. It never materialized.

    So to start praising them for an almost year delayed release is not really appropriate.

    They also didn’t tell the vehicle owners when they bought their new vehicles that they would also need to buy a USB port in order to allow Apple CarPlay to work with their smartphones.

    Advertising a feature, then delaying it in combination with making the vehicle owner buy an addition part is somewhat underhanded.

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