Ford has started the process of rolling out Android Auto and CarPlay to most of its 2016 vehicles.
Or download the SYNC 3 update over the air via Wi-Fi (if you have a Wi-Fi enabled auto and a Wi-Fi network).
If you own one of these cars, and if you own an device that has Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher, you can get grab this update today. As long as a user's Sync 3 system is running version 2.2, the update can be installed one of two different ways. They can also use a Wi-Fi connection and install the upgrade directly to their auto. CarPlay and Android Auto are huge upgrades vs. most in-car software, offering navigation and entertainment options that follow you from your phone to your vehicle.
Though Ford has been issuing SYNC upgrades since 2009, this is the first time the company is offering an update via Wi-Fi. Both infotainment services allow users to access smartphone features such as navigation, music, phone, and messaging through Sync 3. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction. That means all you have to do to receive it is park your Wi-Fi-equipped vehicle within range of a designated Wi-Fi network-your garage might work, depending on how close it is to your router-and the auto will automatically check for and download the update as if it were a smartphone or computer.
Apple CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and later models with iOS 7.1 and higher.
Now, thanks to a simple USB update (or by visiting a dealership), you can add Android and Apple's in-car functionality, opening the door to a new interface in your auto.
This is also the first update that Ford is going to push via Wi-Fi to some of its newer cars.