Ford's taking another step into the modern age of the connected vehicle

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2017 - Ford is making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support available to model-year 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3.

While you can take your auto to a dealer to do the update for you, that isn't necessary as there are a couple of DIY options ...

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

The latest upgrade to Sync 3, Ford's interactive touch-screen system, will be accomplished through an over-the-air (OTA) update using Wi-Fi, not unlike how new software gets uploaded to smartphones by manufacturers. Instead of relying on their vehicle's built-in navigation system, which might be outdated, they can project Google Maps onto their car's in-dash display, for instance.

This is the first time Ford will offer an infotainment update over Wi-Fi.

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Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1.

There is one additional, potentially pricey step you'll need to take if you want to use CarPlay, however: Ford says CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade from a Ford dealership.

First introduced in 2014, CarPlay allows auto owners to access Apple apps from their vehicle's infotainment screen, including Phone, Music, Apple Maps, and more.

Or download the update from this website and install it with a USB drive.

Sync is the name of Ford's in-car infotainment system that for a number of years (and versions) has allowed you to connect your smartphone and get easy access to some of its services.

  • Regina Walsh