Ford using first over-the-air software updates to its 2016 cars

Enlarge Image This is Ford's first Wi Fi OTA update. Fancy!                  Ford
Enlarge Image This is Ford's first Wi Fi OTA update. Fancy! Ford
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20 May, 2017

Some of Ford's SYNC 3-enabled cars are finally getting an update to match the rest of the connected auto ecosystem.

Ford is releasing a new software update making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available to 2016 model year vehicles using the Sync 3 infotainment system.

Android Auto is already available on all 2017 models, and this update brings the platform to around 800,000 additional vehicles.

If you own a 2016 Ford vehicle or truck, some new smartphone/infotainment goodness is now coming your way. Blackberry QNX powers Ford's Sync 3 system.

It could also encourage drivers to stick with their 2016 model for a while longer, rather than upgrade to a newer vehicle with built-in CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.

Retroactively offering this kind of thing to auto owners is a definite change in tone for auto makers, since they typically use these kinds of things as incentives to get people interested in vehicle model updates.

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First introduced in 2014, CarPlay allows auto owners to access Apple apps from their vehicle's infotainment screen, including Phone, Music, Apple Maps, and more.

Customers must upgrade their USB hubs in order to receive Apple CarPlay support. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control.

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1.

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.

Or download the update from this website and install it with a USB drive. As long as the system is connected to the Wi-Fi, the update process will keep running in the background.


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