At last, at last, at last. Ford is finally adoptingÂ Appleâ€™s CarPlay and Android Auto forÂ its in-car infotainment system, so the carmaker announced ahead of the CES event in Las Vegas this week.
We reviewed Ford Sync 3, the third iteration of the companyâ€™sÂ connected car technology, last year, and that system will soon include support for both Google and Appleâ€™s in-car platforms.Â Ford revealed that all 2017 vehicles equipped will Sync 3 will gain the support, while its 2016 Sync 3 vehicles will get an upgrade option later this year.Â That means iPhone owners can access Siri, Apple Maps and more, while those with Android Auto compatible devices get the Google services suit.
The move has long been anticipated. Ford expressed an interest in working with Apple back when CarPlay was first unveiled in March 2014, and this announcement isÂ sure to boost itsÂ appeal given that iOS and Android pretty much account for the entire North American consumer mobile market.
Thatâ€™s not quite all from Ford today, however. The auto giant has also added a slew of new apps to its AppLink platform â€”Â including AAA member services, Concur expenseÂ tracking and location-based service EventseekerÂ â€” and new 4G-powered Sync Connect feature that enable customers to remoteÂ start their vehicle, unlockÂ doors, check fuel level and locateÂ their car via their phone.
We expect to see and hear a lotÂ more auto-related news fromÂ CES â€” you can follow all of our coverage fromÂ the event here.
And, one final plug, check out our Ford Sync 3 hands-on reviewÂ for more details of what the company is up to in the connected car space.