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Ford Owners: Get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

20 May 2017, 12:36 | Shelley Chandler

Ford Owners: Get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Ford Car Play is here for 2016 models

The latest upgrade to Sync 3, Ford's interactive touch-screen system, will be accomplished through an over-the-air (OTA) update using Wi-Fi, not unlike how new software gets uploaded to smartphones by manufacturers.

You can obtain the update in three ways: by downloading over the air for Wi-Fi-connected vehicles, by bringing your auto to a Ford dealership, or by downloading the update to a USB drive then manually plugging into the auto. Alternatively, you can download the update by visiting the Ford Owner portal on your PC and install it on to a USB drive. This is possible on 2016-models, where the SYNC 3 system is running on version 2.2 or higher. They can also use a Wi-Fi connection and install the upgrade directly to their vehicle. Android Auto support is available with the existing hardware.

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This is also Ford's first software update of such scale, and shows the work of some 400 new software engineers that Ford has recently hired. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control. If any update becomes available then the SYNC system will download and install the update in the background.

To get the update over-the-air, a Ford SYNC 3-equipped vehicle must have Wi-Fi compatibility and automatic system updates enabled. Beside the new software update, Apple CarPlay will require an additional USB hub upgrade from your local Ford dealer. As long as the system is connected to the Wi-Fi, the update process will keep running in the background.



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