Ford now supports SYNC 3 with software updates to guide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ for model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles.
Customers are now able to update by downloading the program to a USB drive, traversing to a dealership or with the over-the-air Wi-Fi connection. This is Ford’s first software update via Wi-Fi. It offers an easy and automated replacement for existing upgrade methods
Customers with model-year 2016 Ford vehicles can update on the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 to achieve this support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
“Our SYNC 3 software platform was created to be an easy task to update and then we can get our customers technology features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “With over-the-air updates, we are able to deliver additional features to customers device while they keep using their vehicles.”
Compatible with Android™ devices 5.0 and, Android Auto brings the Android experience in the vehicle safely and easily. It offers Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third-party apps projected around the car’s built-in display and available via voice controls. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto was designed to minimize distraction while around the road.
Android, Android Auto, Google Maps and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later on models running iOS 7.1 or older. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive strategy to make messages or calls, use voice-guided navigation, pay attention to music, and send and receive messages. The convenience allows the motorist to stay focused within the road. Users can control Apple CarPlay from the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control. Apple CarPlay support takes a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.
SYNC 3 currently supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all model-year 2017 Ford cars like the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang, SUVs such as Escape, Explorer and Expedition, F-Series trucks and Ford’s electrified vehicles.
Receiving updates over Wi-Fi
Ford has experienced SYNC upgrades since 2009, but this is actually the first time the business is offering an update via Wi-Fi. In Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles with Automatic System Updates switched on within SYNC 3, the computer will periodically connect to some customer’s designated Wi-Fi network to evaluate for updates. If an update can be obtained, the device automatically downloads the update in private over a period of time with no customer interaction. And SYNC 3 is built to perform the update so long as Wi-Fi is connected prior for the vehicle turning off, therefore you shouldn’t have to keep the car running for that update to happen.