Ford is making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support available to model-year 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3.
Customers with model-year 2016 Ford vehicles can update to the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 by downloading to a USB drive, visiting a dealership or automatically through a Wi-Fi connection.
Customers can update their software by visiting owner.ford.com to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership.
Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically.
SYNC 3 currently supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all model-year 2017 Ford products
Though Ford has been issuing SYNC upgrades since 2009, this is the first time the company is offering an update via Wi-Fi.
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.
If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction.
SYNC 3 is designed to perform the update as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off; therefore there is no need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place.