Ford Owners: Get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Ford Owners: Get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Ford has confirmed that it is rolling out an update for Ford Sync 3, to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 cars. The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.

While the new integrations will undoubtedly be welcomed by 2016 Ford owners, they're not the real news here. This is possible on 2016-models, where the SYNC 3 system is running on version 2.2 or higher. Instead of relying on their vehicle's built-in navigation system, which might be outdated, they can project Google Maps onto their car's in-dash display, for instance.

The Android Auto and CarPlay update is the first time that Ford is offering a new software version via Wi-Fi.

SYNC 3 now 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.

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Or download the update from this website and install it with a USB drive.

Keep in mind that while the getting Android Auto would be as simple as downloading the update, enabling CarPlay would require an upgrade of the vehicle's USB hub, something that requires a dealership visit and extra costs. Then your Ford vehicle will periodically connect to the designated WI-Fi network (which means the one whose settings are saved within the vehicle's settings) to check for updates.

In total, 800,000 vehicles are eligible for the update, which is being called a giant step for Ford, which recently hired 400 engineers to work on its connected auto initiative.

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