Monday, 26 June, 2017

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

Ford brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet Ford update brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet
Clarence Schmidt | 20 May, 2017, 00:20

Ford has started the process of rolling out Android Auto and CarPlay to most of its 2016 vehicles. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled auto, you have to ensure that automatic updating is enabled within Sync 3, then, when it connects to your home network, the update will be downloaded. To DIY the update, you'll need to download the right version for your auto from Ford's owner support website. One way is to simply go to your local Ford dealership and have one of its service employees install the update for you. "With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles".

It could also encourage drivers to stick with their 2016 model for a while longer, rather than upgrade to a newer vehicle with built-in CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.

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. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is created to minimize distraction while on the road. Apple CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.

Apple CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and later models with iOS 7.1 and higher.

The Android Auto and CarPlay update is the first time that Ford is offering a new software version via Wi-Fi. As long as the system is connected to the Wi-Fi, the update process will keep running in the background.

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