Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system has also been present at the automaker’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as it has been announced with enhanced functionality.
Beginning with 2018 model year Ford cars, a new AppLink capability will allow the user to project a smartphone’s navigation app directly onto the car’s touchscreen display. The first instance available is the popular Sygic app and it’s going to be just as easy as pairing your smartphone to the infotainment system – just use an USB cable and then Sygic will not be available anymore on the device because the app will be transferred to SYNC 3’s touchscreen. Ford is of course looking at lowering distractions that take away from driving, but we’re also sensing this is a move against other popular solutions such as CarPlay and Android Auto.
Only Sygic will be available at launch, but the carmaker considers developers can easily port their existing smartphone apps to make them compatible with SYNC 3 by using the AppLink software available on the official Ford Developer Program site. We also have to remember Ford, alongside Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), Mazda, PSA Group, Suzuki, and Toyota have partnered for the “SmartDeviceLink Consortium” in a bid to enhance their level of connectivity between smartphones and infotainment systems.