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Software update allows all 2016 Ford cars to use Android Auto

Software update allows all 2016 Ford cars to use Android Auto”

Ford auto owners can download a free, over-the-air update via Wi-Fi, use USB, or visit their dealer. Alternatively, you can download the update by visiting the Ford Owner portal on your PC and install it on to a USB drive.

The update comes after carmakers Audi and Volvo announced that they will be using Android as the main operating system for their upcoming cars.

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Some of Ford's SYNC 3-enabled cars are finally getting an update to match the rest of the connected auto ecosystem.

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. Unfortunately, getting Apple CarPlay support requires an upgrade to your vehicle's USB hub, which means you'll need to visit your dealership and likely pay a fee. Both infotainment services allow users to access smartphone features such as navigation, music, phone, and messaging through Sync 3. If any update becomes available then the SYNC system will download and install the update in the background.

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This is also Ford's first software update of such scale, and shows the work of some 400 new software engineers that Ford has recently hired.

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1. By enabling Automatic System Updates in the car's settings and connecting to a home Wi-Fi network, the auto can automatically download and install the update.

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In total, 800,000 vehicles are eligible for the update, which is being called a giant step for Ford, which recently hired 400 engineers to work on its connected auto initiative.



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