Published: January 4, 2016 | Dearborn, MI
Ford will began rolling out on many 2016 models as an option and, starting with 2017 model year cars, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With either Android Auto or CarPlay, your smartphone basically takes over the car’s central display, enabling things like Spotify music streaming, voice-based messaging and even navigation powered by Apple or Google Maps. With these services, you can stay connected while driving in a safe, distraction-free way.
However, if you’re not the sort who wants to hand your dashboard over to your phone, Ford’s own AppLink platform is also getting some upgrades. AppLink is similar to CarPlay in that it allows mobile apps to talk directly to the car, and with the latest version those apps have insight into more vehicle data like position and fuel consumption. For example, AAA’s new app will now enable easy searching for waypoints and fueling stations, Concur will make tracking business mileage easy, while EventSeeker and CitySeeker will let you quickly and easily find events while on the go. Finally, the Tencent Chelian app will tie into QQ, China’s most popular social media platform.
All vehicles sold in North America as 2017 models and equipped with Sync 3 will get these new features. Other 2017 models will surely follow shortly thereafter, and owners of 2016 models “will have the opportunity to upgrade later in the year.” Here’s hoping the updates don’t take too long for current owners.