Ford now supports SYNC 3 with software upgrades that support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ™ models for the 2016 and 2017 year models.
Customers can now upgrade the software to a USB drive, a retailer, or a Wi-Fi connection. This is Ford's first Wi-Fi software update. Offers a Comfortable and Automated Alternative to Existing Updating Methods
Customers of 2016 year-olds upgrade with the new SYNC 3 version to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
"Our SYNC 3 software platform is designed to be upgraded to provide the latest and greatest service, functionality and security enhancements to our customers," said Don Butler, Managing Director of Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. "With over-the-air updates, we can provide new services to customers in the background while still using their vehicles."
Compatible with Android ™ devices 5.0 and above, Android Auto delivers the experience safely and easily to the vehicle. Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging, and third-party apps can be designed and built into the built-in display and are available with voice control. With a simplified interface, large targeting targets, Google voice search, and easy-to-use voice controllers, Android Auto has been designed to minimize distraction by the road.
Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later iOS 7.1 or later. Apple CarPlay intuitively allows iPhone users to make phone calls, voice guidance, listen to music, and send and receive messages. Convenience allows the driver to concentrate on the journey. Users can control Apple CarPlay via the car display or Siri voice control. To support Apple CarPlay, a USB hub update is required for Ford dealers.
SYNC 3 currently supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in all 2017 Ford models, including Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang SUVs, including Escape, Explorer and Expedition, F-series trucks and Ford electrified vehicles.
Receiving Updates via a Wi-Fi Network
Since 2009, Ford has been running SYNC updates, but this is the first time that the company offers upgrades over Wi-Fi. With automatic system updates enabled on Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles, SYNC 3 system is periodically connected to the customer-designated Wi-Fi network to check for updates. If an update is available, it will automatically download the update in the background without a time interval without any customer interaction. SYNC 3 has been designed to perform the upgrade until Wi-Fi is connected before the car is switched off, so there is no need for the vehicle to run for upgrade.
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