CES 2016: Ford Bringing Apple CarPlay, Android Auto To Sync 3
With CES 2016 set to kick off, Ford has announced that it is expanding its Sync connectivity system, adding both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ford will additionally add 4G LTE, along with several new AppLink apps, with the first apps using available vehicle information such as GPS location and mileage to be available this year, expanding its in-car and out-of-car connectivity options.
“Starting this year, owners of Sync 3-equipped vehicles will have more choice in how they access their smartphones in the car,” Ford stated. “iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay, and Android users can activate Android Auto, two interfaces built specifically for those types of smartphones.
“In addition, 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.”
Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with Sync 3 will have an opportunity to upgrade later in the year, while Ford will make Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with Sync 3 in North America, starting with the Ford Escape.