Ford Will Add Android Auto And Apple CarPlay With An Update If You Have SYNC 3

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Back in December, Ford announced that all 2017 models will include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity through its SYNC 3 infotainment system. Now, Ford has some decent news for 2016 model year owners: CarPlay and Android Auto is now available by way of a free update via Wi-Fi, a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership.

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The move is a leap forward for Ford, which said in a press release Friday that it’s the first time the automaker has offered an over-the-air update via Wi-Fi. Vehicles that have Wi-Fi and automatic system updates enabled within the Sync 3 system will automatically receive the update, Ford says.

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The automaker told TechCrunch that its recent hiring of 400 Blackberry employees sparked this latest update. Here’s more from TechCrunch:

For CarPlay, users will still also need to upgrade their vehicle’s USB hub to make this work (which will also incur a dealer visit and a cost), but for those on Android, all that’s required is a simple software installation. The USB install method is also faster, but the Wi-Fi update option is the start of the company’s efforts to really increase its OTA update program, which will be used for security improvements as well as infotainment bumps.

As we noted at the time of Ford’s decision to hire Blackberry employees, CarPlay and Android Auto are a superior choice, as most infotainment systems are junk.

So, congrats 2016 model year Ford owners, you’ll have better options now.

Senior Reporter, Jalopnik/Special Projects Desk

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For CarPlay, users will still also need to upgrade their vehicle’s USB hub to make this work (which will also incur a dealer visit and a cost)

Oh, fuck you, Ford! Why the fuck is it that I cannot install these hardware updates myself?!

If this was a safety recall for something like a fire hazard (looking at you FoST engine harness), I would totally understand the requirement to have a Ford-certified technician complete the repair. But what the hell?! It’s simply installing a new module and installing some software!

I’ll tell you this right now. If China wants to make it big in the United States, all they have to do is sell vehicles & farm equipment that allow for owner modifications & self-repairs. ‘Murica don’t mean shit if you ain’t got freedom. And if Chinese cars & equipment offer such aspects of freedom for their American owners, many owners will defect from Detroit to Beijing.