Ford Bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to SYNC 3
Ford will soon be expanding their SYNC connectivity system, with the announcement that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be making their way into Ford vehicles. Many Ford cars, trucks and SUVs will also be getting 4G LTE connectivity and new AppLink apps to help owners stay connected more easily than ever.
The all-new 2017 Ford Escape will be one of the first vehicles to receive the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. All vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 in 2017 will also feature the two smartphone connectivity platforms, and owners of 2016 vehicles with SYNC 3 will be able to upgrade later in the year.
SYNC Connect with 4G LTE will give Ford owners the ability to remotely access their vehicle from their smartphone. An easy-to-use app will provide access to features such as remote start, door unlocking, fuel level and GPS parking location.
Select apps using AppLink will also now be able to access vehicle information, such as GPS location and mileage, in order to provide drivers with more personalized information. The AAA/CAA app can use GPS data to show where to get the best fuel prices, Concur can log mileage automatically for business trips and Glympse can help drivers navigate to other users sharing their location.
Ford also announced they may add Amazon Echo/Alexa and Wink connectivity to its vehicles to allow for smart home connectivity. Using Alexa voice commands, Ford owners would be able to check charge status, fuel level, start/stop the vehicle and lock or unlock the doors. Once in their vehicle, owners could interact with their home, including seeing if the garage door is closed or turning on the porch lights.
Some automakers are also taking steps to adopt Ford’s open-source SmartDeviceLink software that AppLink is based on to help make it a new standard in smartphone connectivity. SmartDeviceLink allows for drivers to easily use popular smartphone apps in their vehicle using voice commands, the vehicle’s touchscreen or buttons on the steering wheel and dash.
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Source: Ford Media Center