Ford Apple CarPlay, Android Auto to SYNC
Ford has announced it’s expanding the SYNC system, adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE and new AppLink apps to the more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on roads around the world today.
The automaker says that starting in 2016, “owners of SYNC 3-equipped vehicles will have more choice in how they access their smartphones in the car. iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay, and Android users can activate Android Auto, two interfaces built specifically for those types of smartphones.”
Additionally, new SYNC Connect technology powered by 4G LTE gives owners the ability to remotely access features of their car. Owners can program a remote start, unlock doors, check fuel level or locate a parked vehicle via their smartphone.
In North America, Ford is making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will have an opportunity to upgrade later in the year.