Ford has announced that all 2017 models will come equipped with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Both programs are designed to bring the everyday functions of your phone to your vehicle’s central infotainment screen.
The two systems will not replace Ford’s own communications and entertainment software, Sync 3. Instead, the automakers have updated Sync 3 and it will work in combination with the two systems. The hope is that all three will keep you as connected as possible inside your vehicle.
Sync 3 is operated through voice commands and designed to be as user-friendly as possible. The software is activated by your voice and works to send texts, play music, make phone calls and more, from the comfort of the driver’s seat.
Ford said in their statement that Sync 3 will feature “all-new hardware and software for faster and more intuitive performance.” The company said the software will be more conversational in nature, which will allow people to use their smartphones with more ease. In addition to a more intuitive design, the program will offer a wider variety of apps, including AAA member services, Spotify and more.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
With CarPlay and Android Auto, you can access your phone’s main screen through your car’s digital display. Apple Carplay works wirelessly, while Android Auto still requires you to plug your phone into your car’s USB port. Both are designed for the same purpose, though; to bring things like maps and navigation from your phone to your car’s main screen. With the three programs working together, there shouldn’t be anything you can’t do through a simple, two-word voice command.
Ford says the idea behind the initiative was to make everything in their lineup as smart-phone friendly as possible. “Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model year Ford car, SUV, light truck, or electrified vehicle with SYNC 3 and be able to access their favorite apps,” said Chuck Gray, Ford Global Director of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering.
“The guesswork for consumers is over – if you buy any 2017 Ford vehicle with SYNC 3, you drive off the lot with both of these innovative technologies ready to go.”
In a world where connectivity is everything, Ford’s new endeavor will likely be a lucrative one. It’ll probably be an even handier one for customers too.
Source: Ford Media Center
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