2016 Ford Vehicles Get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Support with SYNC 3 Wi-Fi Update
Are you driving a 2016 model-year Ford vehicle and lamenting the fact that you don’t have access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay? Fret no more; the automaker has announced that both options are being made available for 2016 Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 thanks to the infotainment software’s new version 2.2 update.
Ford SYNC 3 version 2.2 can be downloaded over the air, via a USB drive, or at your preferred Ford dealership. This marks the first time that Ford has made a software update available over Wi-Fi. Through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, drivers will be able to interact more directly with their smartphones and other compatible devices.
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“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles.”
For over-the-air updates, Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles should have Automatic System Updates turned on so that it can automatically initiate an update when connected to your home network. If your vehicle is not Wi-Fi enabled, the update can be downloaded onto a USB drive from owner.ford.com and installed. Or, alternately, if you are due for a service at your dealership, it can be installed during your next visit.
Ford also notes that a Ford vehicle must receive a USB hub upgrade for Apple CarPlay support, which can also be obtained from dealerships.
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