Ford Offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Update to 2016 Owners

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Ford is releasing a new software update making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available to 2016 model year vehicles using the Sync 3 infotainment system. Android Auto, on the other hand, seems to have no installation restrictions. That means all you have to do to receive it is park your Wi-Fi-equipped auto within range of a designated Wi-Fi network-your garage might work, depending on how close it is to your router-and the vehicle will automatically check for and download the update as if it were a smartphone or computer. Google Maps, Google Play Music, and some third-party apps are integrated into the infotainment system with on-screen projection and voice controls, as are phone and messaging functions. You can either take your vehicle to the nearest Ford dealer for the Ford CarPlay update, or do it yourself.

If you own one of these cars, and if you own an device that has Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher, you can get grab this update today.

Owners also can get the update by going to owner.ford.com and downloading the update via a USB drive, or by visiting a Ford dealership to have the update performed for them.

US automaker Ford Motor is making its software update available to its model-year 2016 vehicles via wireless internet connection for the first time.

Some of Ford's SYNC 3-enabled cars are finally getting an update to match the rest of the connected auto ecosystem. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without customer interaction. "With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles". It can happen while the vehicle is off, so long as the auto was connected to said Wi-Fi network while it was running.

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