Owners of 2017 model-year Ford vehicles, starting with the Escape crossover, will now enjoy new functionalities with SYNC 3, while owners of 2016 vehicles with this latest generation of Ford’s infotainment system will be able to upgrade it later this year.
Ford SYNC 3 will integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on-screen interfaces by connecting their late-model smartphones. Apple CarPlay allows access to Maps, Messages, Phone and Music with the help of Siri voice assistance or the vehicle’s touchscreen. Android Auto enables use of Google Maps, Google voice search, Google Play Music and more with wheel-mounted controls and the touchscreen.
Another improved feature is called SYNC Connect. Using a 4G LTE network, owners will be able to connect to their vehicle with a downloadable application in order to remotely start it, unlock its doors, check its fuel level and find where it’s parked.
AppLink, which allows drivers to voice-control their smartphone apps, will use available vehicle information to offer more connectivity options. New apps will include one for AAA and CAA members to find fuel prices, find gas stations and use the Here2there route planning feature. The Concur app logs business trip information, Eventseeker and Cityseeker find nearby events based on user interest, and Glympse shares a user’s real-time location to friends and family and offers turn-by-turn navigation to a destination.