Ford has all model year 2016 cars updated to Android Auto and CarPlay in the US image

The SYNC 3 infotainment system, currently offering both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for any 2017 model year, has now been updated to allow any owner of a 2016 model year enjoy the same level of connectivity.

This is thanks to a new update available to any owner using the SYNC 3 infotainment system, with system version 2.2 being available through a raft of solutions – download to USB drive, dealership visit or even automatically through a Wi-Fi connection. This means owners of the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Escape, Explorer, Expedition, and F-Series can enjoy the newer software as well, and the easiest way is through the wireless connection, a first for the manufacturer for the Sync 3. Owners using Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can even set the update to perform automatically, along with any other upcoming update – with the Automatic System Updates function the system will automatically download the files “without any customer interaction.”

“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,” notes 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.” The automaker first introduced support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in January 2016 – the first works with devices 5.0 (Lollipop) and up, while the latter is available for iPhone 5 and later models running at least iOS 7.1.