After a long #time of speculation, #ford new rides would be coming shipped with a new infotainment system which includes the #Android auto and #Carplay system. Ford motors had for a long time said this in general statement indicating the company’s wish to make this a reality.
All of 2017 models of the Ford vehicles that were sold in North America with the company’s sync 3 infotainment system would be shipped with the Android auto and carplay system while those owning the 2016 models were said to be able to get upgrades at later moments in the year.
The 2017 Escape will be the first model on the road to get both systems, going on sale in the spring. The new Escape had also been previously announced as the first vehicle to get Ford’s Sync connect system, which brings LTE into the car; other vehicles with Sync 3 will be getting LTE later this year as well.
Interestingly, Ford is also promoting enhancements to its own AppLink platform at this year’s CES, suggesting that the company has no intention of giving up on it — even as CarPlay and Android Auto are spreading industrywide. AppLink apps will now be able to access vehicle data directly, and several apps are coming this year that are able to take advantage, including AAA and Concur, a business expensing system that can log vehicle mileage automatically.
Don’t be surprised in the slow adoption of Toyota with the Carplay and Android auto because the latter has been said to be conducting an investigation about the open version of the Applink and SmartDeviceLink as a possible in-car app platform.
[Post from The Verge]