Ford using first over-the-air software updates to its 2016 cars

20 May, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Archie Newman
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Owners also can get the update by going to owner.ford.com and downloading the update via a USB drive, or by visiting a Ford dealership to have the update performed for them. The upgrade will be available for around 800,000 vehicles in total, giving a huge number of Ford auto owners the chance to get big infotainment improvements without having to buy a newer model auto.

The more notable detail is in the way the rollout of SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be handled. They can also use a Wi-Fi connection and install the upgrade directly to their auto.

CarPlay and Android Auto are huge upgrades vs. most in-car software, offering navigation and entertainment options that follow you from your phone to your vehicle.

Android, Android Auto, Google Maps and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

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This is Ford's first Wi-Fi OTA update. In Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles with Automatic System Updates turned on within SYNC 3, the system will periodically connect to a customer's designated Wi-Fi network to check for updates. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control.

Keep in mind that while the getting Android Auto would be as simple as downloading the update, enabling CarPlay would require an upgrade of the vehicle's USB hub, something that requires a dealership visit and extra costs. If any update becomes available then the SYNC system will download and install the update in the background.

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1.

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