Ford SYNC 3, the company’s in-car infotainment system will soon support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE and new Applink apps.
In a press release earlier today, Ford said that all 2017 models in North America will come equipped with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto depending on the customer. Owners of 2016 Ford cars will receive an update to SYNC later this year, that will add CarPlay and Android Auto features.
About 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles are on the road in the United States and all of them running SYNC 3 will soon have CarPlay and Android Auto on board. The rollout starts with the 2017 Ford Escape, which will be the first car to have both CarPlay and Android Auto.
Apple CarPlay will allow iPhone users to connect their device to their car and use apps such as Maps, Messages, Music and more via Siri voice control or Touchscreen. It requires iPhone 5 running iOS 8 or later.
With Android Auto, Android smartphone owners can connect to the in-car entertainment system and gain access to Google Maps, Google Now and more. You’ll need an Android device running Android 5.0 or later.
Ford will also be adding LTE support to SYNC 3 that will allow customers to remote lock, unlock doors, check fuel level and locate their vehicle. All this from the smartphone. The company is also adding several new Applink Apps such as AAA, Concur and Eventseeker. These apps provide vehicle data and you can use Eventseeker to search for events nearby your location.