Ford Enables CarPlay, Android Auto on 2016 Models | Ford Explorer - Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations

  • Register Today It's free! Once registered you can join the Elite Explorers to eliminate ads from the website.

Ford Enables CarPlay, Android Auto on 2016 Models

LukerDooker

Well-Known Member
Joined
March 25, 2013
Messages
886
Reaction score
8
City, State
N.E.
Year, Model & Trim Level
2013Limited 301A TuxBlack
http://www.pcmag.com/news/353783/ford-enables-carplay-android-auto-on-2016-models
An update, which can even be delivered via Wi-Fi if your car supports it, will bring the latest car software from Google and Apple to more Ford owners.
507997-android-auto.jpg


An update to Ford's infotainment system will bring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to all of its 2016 model year cars, the automaker announced on Friday.

The software update, which can be installed via USB, at a dealer, or over the air for cars equipped with Wi-Fi or cellular antennas, means that more Ford owners will have access to the in-dash versions of iOS and Android. Instead of relying on their vehicle's built-in navigation system, which might be outdated, they can project Google Maps onto their car's in-dash display, for instance.

And Android Auto and CarPlay offer many more features besides navigation, from access to streaming music to the ability—via CarPlay only—to talk to Siri, Apple's personal voice assistant. Both platforms work by projecting a modified version of your phone's operating system onto the in-dash display. The icons are bigger, and there's no access to text messages or other features that might distract drivers.

The Android Auto and CarPlay update is the first time that Ford is offering a new software version via Wi-Fi. That means all you have to do to receive it is park your Wi-Fi-equipped car within range of a designated Wi-Fi network—your garage might work, depending on how close it is to your router—and the car will automatically check for and download the update as if it were a smartphone or computer.

There is one additional, potentially pricey step you'll need to take if you want to use CarPlay, however: Ford says CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade from a Ford dealership.

Meanwhile, if you have a Ford vehicle from the 2017 model year, or one of hundreds of other 2017 and 2016 model year cars from other automakers, you've already got Android Auto and CarPlay built in. You can check for your specific model on the Android Auto or CarPlay compatibility lists, which as of Friday afternoon haven't yet been updated to reflect 2016 Fords.
 



Join the Elite Explorers $20 Get rid of the ads!
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
. First register on the forum, then join the Elite Explorers to get rid of the ads!





pacman9270

Active Member
Joined
January 10, 2017
Messages
87
Reaction score
30
City, State
Dallas, TX
Year, Model & Trim Level
2016 Ford Explorer Sport
I REALLY hope this is the case. Now the next BIG question is: WHEN?
 






Benk016

Member
Joined
April 5, 2017
Messages
41
Reaction score
6
City, State
Skiatook, OK
Year, Model & Trim Level
2015 Explorer Sport
That is just the sync3 2.2 update that has been floating around the internet for a few months now. This will only work in a 2016 vehicle that has sync3 already.
 






peterk9

Staff member
Moderator
Elite Explorer
Joined
December 28, 2010
Messages
33,439
Reaction score
2,924
City, State
Russell, Ontario (Ottawa area)
Year, Model & Trim Level
2020 Aviator Reserve
Callsign
VE3
That is just the sync3 2.2 update that has been floating around the internet for a few months now. This will only work in a 2016 vehicle that has sync3 already.
No 2016 Explorer has OEM Sync 3.
 






pacman9270

Active Member
Joined
January 10, 2017
Messages
87
Reaction score
30
City, State
Dallas, TX
Year, Model & Trim Level
2016 Ford Explorer Sport
Well this just really sucks.
 






SKB

Member
Joined
June 9, 2017
Messages
11
Reaction score
0
City, State
Medway, MA
Year, Model & Trim Level
2015 Explorer Sport
Look at www.fordtechlane.com. "Ford SmartLink Allows New Feature for Older Vehicles". Dated 5/23/2017

Found it after I got the email saying Sync Services is being discontinued.
 






pacman9270

Active Member
Joined
January 10, 2017
Messages
87
Reaction score
30
City, State
Dallas, TX
Year, Model & Trim Level
2016 Ford Explorer Sport
Can you update your title to say "for Sync 3" vehicles? This is very misleading.
 






Top