Ford just ran through its 2017 product lineup, shouting, “You get upgraded Sync 3, and you get upgraded Sync 3…!”
Today, the automaker announced that a new version of its Sync 3 infotainment system will be available on every 2017 Ford product. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, meaning your phone never had it so good.
Ford offered a peek at the system at January’s Consumer Electronics Show. The automaker wants to standardize its equipment across the lineup, rather than offer the system in select models. Think of it as a freeing of the apps.
For the unenlightened, Apple CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and later models. Users can use their iPhone to access Siri voice controls, Apple Maps, Apple Music, phone calls and messaging, plus third-part apps.
Android Auto, available on phones with Android 5.0 and higher, allows users to access Google Maps and music via their vehicle’s screen. Voice controls for phone calls and messaging are included in the technology.
For 2017, Ford tweaked Sync 3’s software to make the system faster and offer sharper voice recognition abilities. Supposedly, this means you don’t need to speak as clearly when giving voice commands.
The automaker introduced its Sync 3 connected vehicle system in late 2014, after taking the previous MyFordTouch system behind the barn. Owners found that system annoying, and Ford wasn’t willing to replace hair torn out in frustration.