Ford is improving its SYNC connectivity system by adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE and several new apps.
Starting with this year, Ford owners who have the SYNC 3 technology fit into their cars will have more options when they link their smartphones into the infotainment system. iPhone users will be able to activate Apple CarPlay, while Android users can access Android Auto, two interfaces built specifically for those types of devices. In North America, Ford is making both options available on all 2017 cars equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles will have an opportunity to upgrade their systems later in the year. In addition, the new SYNC Connect technology powered by 4G LTE gives drivers the ability to remotely access features of their car. They will be able to remotely start the car, unlock doors, check fuel level or locate the parked vehicle via their smartphone.
Furthermore, several new apps are being prepared for usage in 2016 in connection with Ford’s AppLink technology. An app for AAA members in the US and CAA members in Canada uses vehicle GPS data to check fuel prices, locate fuelling stations and use the Here2there route planning feature. Concur app allows users receive to log a business trip and to track mileage from the odometer using vehicle data. Through Eventseeker, drivers can discover from behind the wheel events that fit their interest profile, based on vehicle location data, while Cityseeker finds the best restaurants and other attractions. Finally, the Tencent Chelian app gives access to China’s most popular social media platform, QQ’s messaging app, as well as music, real-time traffic conditions and streaming radio.