Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has recently announced that the SYNC 3 connectivity solution, which is compatible with the Android Auto of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google and CarPlay of Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), will already be integrated in all of its 2017 vehicles.
SYNC 3, which replaced its predecessor Sync with MyFord Touch, delivers Ford Motor’s promise that its vehicles are smartphone-ready, given today’s immense smartphone reliance. The technology promises convenience and intuitivity. It also promotes a safer driving experience since drivers can already make phone calls by just using their voices to indicate commands. Moreover, they can easily navigate through new places with the help of SYNC 3. Other features included in the SYNC AppLink platform are AccuWeather, Ford PASS, Pandora, and Spotify, all of which can making the overall driving experience better.
The Apple CarPlay, which is available on all iPhone units starting from the iPhone 5, enables drivers to access Apple Maps, Apple Music, Messages, Phone, Siri, and other third-party apps that may apply. Meanwhile, the Android Auto, which is available on all Android devices with the Android 5.0 operating system (OS), enables drivers to access their phone calls, messages, music, Google Maps, and other third-party apps as well.
According to Chuck Gray, Ford Motor Global Director of Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering, the SYNC 3 has been specifically designed to be perfectly integrated across all models. That way, the connectivity technology can easily be available in the company’s lineup for the following year.
Consequently, integrated connectivity features will no longer just be available on high-end models. All consumers will now have a shot at linking their devices, whether iOS or Android, to their vehicles. Ford Motor also gave its word that the system will constantly receive necessary updates to make sure that users will have a hassle-free experience with SYNC 3.
The 2017 models of the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Fusion, and Ford Mustang are already available at dealerships. Meanwhile, the 2017 models of the Ford Edge, Ford F-150, Ford Focus, and Ford Super Duty will be available later this year.