CarPlay and Android Auto are huge upgrades vs. most in-car software, offering navigation and entertainment options that follow you from your phone to your vehicle.
For a while now, Ford has promised that it would bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to Sync 3 users in 2016-model-year vehicles.
Keep in mind that while the getting Android Auto would be as simple as downloading the update, enabling CarPlay would require an upgrade of the vehicle’s USB hub, something that requires a dealership visit and extra costs.
Retroactively offering this kind of thing to auto owners is a definite change in tone for auto makers, since they typically use these kinds of things as incentives to get people interested in vehicle model updates. By enabling Automatic System Updates in the car’s settings and connecting to a home Wi-Fi network, the vehicle can automatically download and install the update.
If you’re feeling “with it” technologically, it’s also available via Ford’s first-ever Wi-Fi update. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control.
SYNC 3 now supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all model-year 2017 Ford cars including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang, SUVs including the Escape, Explorer and Expedition, F-Series trucks and Ford’s electrified vehicles.
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. And SYNC 3 is created to perform the update as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off, therefore there is no need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place.