Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

You can download the Sync 3 update to a thumb drive and bring it out to your auto. The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.

If your vehicle doesn't have a manufacturer-supported Android Auto option, there are aftermarket receivers available with pricing starting in the $300 range and Pioneer added five new models just yesterday that support both Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay.

Ford is updating a large number of 2016 model year cars equipped with SYNC 3 infotainment software, adding Android Auto and CarPlay to the vehicles with a free, over-the-air update via Wi-Fi, or using either USB or going through their dealer.

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.

"Our SYNC 3 software platform was created 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. By enabling Automatic System Updates in the car's settings and connecting to a home Wi-Fi network, the auto can automatically download and install the update.

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. Customers will also now be able to enable automatic updates, which will have the system search for updates periodically and install them when found.

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