New support for Apple CarPlay for Sync 3

New updates allow Apple CarTalk and Android Auto features for 2016 Ford vehicle with Sync 3.

Ford now has new support for SYNC 3 with software updates to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ for model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles.

Customers can now update by downloading the software to a USB drive, visiting a dealership or with an over-the-air Wi-Fi connection. Visit the support site and register/login to find out more about these updates. This is Ford’s first software update via Wi-Fi. It offers a convenient and automated alternative to existing upgrade methods

Customers with model-year 2016 Ford vehicles can update to the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 to gain this support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles.”

Android Auto

Compatible with Android™ devices 5.0 and higher, Android Auto brings the Android experience into the vehicle safely and easily. It offers Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third party apps projected on the car’s built-in display and available via voice controls. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is designed to minimize distraction while on the road.

Android, Android Auto, Google Maps and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive way to make phone calls, use voice-guided navigation, listen to music, and send and receive messages. The convenience allows the driver to stay focused on the road. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control. Apple CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.

SYNC 3 currently 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.

Receiving updates over Wi-Fi

Ford has had SYNC upgrades since 2009, but this is the first time the company is offering an update via Wi-Fi. In Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles with Automatic System Updates turned on within SYNC 3, the system will periodically connect to a customer’s designated Wi-Fi network to check for updates. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction. And SYNC 3 is designed 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.

Plugging into new Sync 3 technology!

Four views of Sync 3 screens - to be introduced on 2016 models and will replace the MyFord Touch system.

Four views of Sync 3 screens – to be introduced on 2016 models and will replace the MyFord Touch system.

We are looking forward to plugging into the new Ford Sync 3 technology coming in the 2016 models.  

Ford is stepping up its game with the newest evolution of the Sync system. The new system, called Sync 3, will replace the MyFord Touch system. Overall Ford is dropping Microsoft was the partner in development of its operating systems and has moved to a Blackberry QNX format.

As the Ford in-vehicle technologies have evolved, some of the basic systems have received few software upgrades. However, the MyFord Touch system has gone through at least four updates.

Click this link to see a short introduction of the Sync 3 system.

The new Sync 3 will “lose” the four colored corners that it had with the MyFord Touch system. As you can see from the screens shown here, the dashboard screen features touchable “tab” icons for quick access to functions such as Sound, Time, Bluetooth, Navigation and so on. The main “areas” will be tabs across the bottom of the screen – much like a desktop computer main screen format.

The emphasis will still be on handling voice commands – in a continuing effort to keep the driver’s eyes on the road! Voice commands are adopting a more “conversational” format. Yes, the software tries to understand more common speech patterns rather than requiring a “robotic” tone.

The new system runs on a capacitive touch screen, much like the ones in the past, but now with a faster processor. With Sync 3’s speed boost, the touch functions finally appear to be more responsive. Early MyFord Touch versions often seemed choppy and sometimes hesitant.

Sync 3 will first be available in late 2015 when it is introduced on some 2016 models as they are released. Stay tuned for more details on which vehicles. Buying a new Ford is the only way consumers can get their hands on Sync 3 — the automaker says older vehicles won’t be able to be upgraded.

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