Ford is expanding its SYNC 3 connectivity platform—allowing compatibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto—throughout its entire 2017 US vehicle lineup of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles.
Future, over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi will help ensure it keeps up with the latest technology.
As part of Ford’s effort to present convenient, easy-to-use mobility solutions, SYNC 3 features all-new hardware and software for faster and more intuitive performance and more conversational voice recognition to help people easily connect to their smartphone and access a variety of features, including hands-free phone calls and available navigation.
Apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services have been added through SYNC AppLink.
Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use the iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.
Android Auto is available on devices with Android 5.0 and higher and similarly delivers Google Maps and music to a car’s screen while enabling voice controls for phone calls and messaging.