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Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

May 20, 2017, 00:30
Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Less than a year after announcing that all its 2017 vehicles support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Ford is bringing the same features to its previous year's models as well. The upgrade will be available for around 800,000 vehicles in total, giving a huge number of Ford auto owners the chance to get big infotainment improvements without having to buy a newer model auto. Android Auto support is available with the existing hardware.

"Our SYNC 3 software platform was created 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.

Retroactively offering this kind of thing to auto owners is a definite change in tone for auto makers, since they typically use these kinds of things as incentives to get people interested in vehicle model updates.

iPhone users hoping to add CarPlay functionality will need a visit to their dealer to update the USB hub (via TechCrunch). Both infotainment services allow users to access smartphone features such as navigation, music, phone, and messaging through Sync 3.

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Ford noted that this is the first time it has offered Sync updates over the air to Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles. 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.

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

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. It can happen while the vehicle is off, so long as the auto was connected to said Wi-Fi network while it was running.

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