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Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Pioneer Ford brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 20:00

Android Auto is supported for smartphones running Android 5.0 and higher, while CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, updated to iOS 7.1 or higher.

While you can take your vehicle to a dealer to do the update for you, that isn't necessary as there are a couple of DIY options ...

Back in December, Ford announced that all 2017 models will include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity through its SYNC 3 infotainment system. Customers will be able to update their own cars using a USB drive or a Wi-Fi connection, or they can take their cars into the dealership to have the update performed. The upgrade will be available for around 800,000 vehicles in total, giving a huge number of Ford auto owners the chance to get big infotainment improvements without having to buy a newer model auto.

Retroactively offering this kind of thing to auto owners is a definite change in tone for auto makers, since they typically use these kinds of things as incentives to get people interested in vehicle model updates.

We've asked Ford if this applies to the United Kingdom as well as the USA and we'll update when we know more.

Customers can update their software by visiting owner.ford.com to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership.

Ford is offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software to many of its customers who missed out on the technology.

The move is a leap forward for Ford, which said in a press release Friday that it's the first time the automaker has offered an over-the-air update via Wi-Fi.