Ford Offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Update to 2016 Owners

For a while now, Ford has promised that it would bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to Sync 3 users in 2016-model-year vehicles. The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.

There's good news for anyone with a 2016-model Ford.

Customers can update their software by visiting owner.ford.com to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership.

Android Auto is compatible with Android-powered mobile devices with version 5.0 or higher of the operating system. They can also use a Wi-Fi connection and install the upgrade directly to their vehicle. "With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles". Google Maps, Google Play Music, and some third-party apps are integrated into the infotainment system with on-screen projection and voice controls, as are phone and messaging functions.

Ford noted that this is the first time it has offered Sync updates over the air to Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles.

Keep in mind that while the getting Android Auto would be as simple as downloading the update, enabling CarPlay would require an upgrade of the vehicle's USB hub, something that requires a dealership visit and extra costs. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction.

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.

Apple CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and later models with iOS 7.1 and higher. Ford says the update will work for as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off, adding that you don't actually have to keep the auto running to install the new features.

  • Joe Gonzales