Ford customers who own a 2016 vehicle can update to a new version of SYNC 3 which will allow them to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inside their car.
The new SYNC 3 version 2.2 can be downloaded to a USB drive, by visiting a Ford dealership or automatically through a Wi-Fi connection.
If you choose to download the software to a USB, drivers can visit owner.ford.com.
Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically.
“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.”
Android Auto is a system which is compatible with Android devices 5.0 and higher. Android Auto essentially brings the Android experience inside the car.
The system allows drivers to have access to Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third party apps projected on the car’s built-in display and available via voice controls.
Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher.
Through the system iPhone users can make phone calls, use voice-guided navigation, listen to music, and send and receive messages while staying focused on the road.
It can be controlled through the infotainment system or via Siri voice control.
iPhone users should note that a USB hub is required, which is an upgrade Ford drivers can get from a dealership.
These systems allow motorists to safely use the functionality of their mobile phone inside the car while driving.
The apps are controlled through the infotainment system meaning drivers never have to touch their phone again avoiding a fine.