Ford Bolsters Availability of SYNC 3 Plus Apple CarPlay, Android Auto; Tech Offered on All 2017 Model-Year Cars … – Business Wire (press release)

Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016

DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ford is expanding its SYNC 3 connectivity platform – allowing
compatibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – throughout its entire
2017 U.S. vehicle lineup of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified
vehicles.

Ford, using its platform-centric approach – creating a technology for
its lineup versus going vehicle by vehicle – has been able to swiftly
roll out SYNC 3 plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And future,
over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi will help ensure it keeps up with the
latest technology.

“We developed one platform – SYNC 3 – and have been able to quickly
offer the technology across our lineup,” said Chuck Gray, Ford Global
Director, Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering. “Customers
considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model year Ford car,
SUV, light truck, or electrified vehicle with SYNC 3 and be able to
access their favorite apps.”

Popular nameplates like the Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer are
already available as 2017 model-year vehicles at dealerships and others
like the F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty will arrive
later this year.

“SYNC 3 is already a major leap forward in terms of functionality,
simplicity, and user experience – Ford’s promise that every new model
now ships ‘Smartphone-ready’ is huge,” said Jeffrey Hannah, Director of
North America for global automotive technology research firm SBD. “Ford
is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and
Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option
on luxury vehicles only. The guesswork for consumers is over – if you
buy any 2017 Ford vehicle with SYNC 3, you drive off the lot with both
of these innovative technologies ready to go.”

As part of Ford’s effort to present convenient, easy-to-use mobility
solutions, SYNC 3 features all-new hardware and software for faster and
more intuitive performance and more conversational voice recognition to
help people easily connect to their smartphone and access a variety of
features, including hands-free phone calls and available navigation.

Apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member
services have been added through SYNC AppLink®.

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified
way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users
access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music,
Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Android Auto is available on devices with Android 5.0 and higher and
similarly delivers Google Maps and music to a car’s screen while
enabling voice controls for phone calls and messaging.

Apple, Apple CarPlay, iPhone, Apple Maps, and Siri are trademarks of
Apple Inc. Android Auto, Google, Google Play and other marks are
trademarks of Google Inc.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford
Motor Company
is a global automotive and mobility company
based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants
worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing,
manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford
cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury
vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging
opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a
leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer
experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial
services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company,
visit
www.corporate.ford.com.

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