CES 2016: Ford adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE functionalities to Sync 3

American auto manufacturer Ford announced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas that they have made some enhancements to their Sync 3 interactive system to launch in 2017 models of Ford vehicles.

Apple and Android smartphone users will be pleased to know that they can now fully integrate their devices with their Ford vehicles among many other great upgrades to the system.

Ford Sync Applink will add a lot more functionality, bringing popular apps to your Ford car. Among those apps to be added are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, covering both ends of the smartphone market. Older models containing Ford Sync may receive upgrades to the latest software versions as well.

For those unfamiliar with the services, Apple CarPlay enables Siri integration and control of your iDevice with the Sync display. Android Auto is similar, fully integrating useful apps like Google Maps, Play Music, etc. Google voice search is also, of course, integrated into the Sync panel.

Other features announced are a 4G LTE-based Sync Connect capability, allowing remote control of door locks, fuel level checking, and GPS location for those who seem to lose their vehicle in large parking lots.

Ford also reports that new upgrades will include new tools for developers to harness and utilize more GPS capabilities within its AppLink system. This new connectivity will enhance the ability of Sync to communicate with and be controlled by smartphones, increasing the ease of use and remote controlling features.

Some of the new apps to use these features include smart mileage tracking apps, event finding abilities, guides to cities, and an ability to communicate the vehicle’s GPS location directly with your smartphone’s applications.

Ford owners looking to make an upgrade to a 2017 model will surely be pleased with these upgrades and looking forward to getting them with their new model vehicle. Ford currently has about 15 million Sync-equipped vehicles sold since 2007, and it will only grow with these enhancements.

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