Wednesday, January 6, 2016
CES 2016: Ford Adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Support to SYNC
Ford is expanding its SYNC connectivity system, adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE, and several new AppLink apps. This will enable consumers to stay connected behind the wheel and even when they are away from their cars.
With more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on roads around the world today and 43 million expected by 2020, Ford’s industry-leading communications and entertainment technology is offering customers even more connectivity.
Starting this year, owners of SYNC 3-equipped vehicles will have more choice in how they access their smartphones in the car. iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay, and Android users can activate Android Auto, two interfaces built specifically for those types of smartphones.
In addition, new SYNC Connect technology powered by 4G LTE gives owners the ability to remotely access features of their car. Owners can program a remote start, unlock doors, check fuel level or locate a parked vehicle via their smartphone.
In North America, Ford is making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will have an opportunity to upgrade later in the year.
SYNC Connect technology expands globally, reaching more than 20 million customers by 2020.
Meanwhile AppLink apps—the SYNC feature enabling drivers to voice-control smartphone apps—has been expanded to give a more unique and personalized experience. These apps include AAA/CAA, Concur, Eventseeker, Cityseeker, and Tencent Chelian.