Saturday, 27 May, 2017

Ford Offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Update to 2016 Owners

Ford Offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Update to 2016 Owners Ford Offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Update to 2016 Owners
Frank Williams | 19 May, 2017, 17:40

You can download the Sync 3 update to a thumb drive and bring it out to your auto. The upgrade will be available for around 800,000 vehicles in total, giving a huge number of Ford auto owners the chance to get big infotainment improvements without having to buy a newer model auto.

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 releasing a software update to its model-year 2016 vehicles on Friday, May 19 so that the entire fleet will be able to use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, The Verge says.

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.

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If you're feeling "with it" technologically, it's also available via Ford's first-ever Wi-Fi update.

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 while staying focused on the road.

Even with a dealer visit and hardware upgrade for CarPlay, this sounds like a worthwhile thing for 2016 vehicle owners to do.

This is Ford's first Wi-Fi OTA update. A constant Wi-Fi connection isn't needed either, as the update will work in the background every time it has access until the update is complete.

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