Ford has brought peace to the never ending Android vs Apple battle by adding by adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its SYNC connectivity system. This move will now help even more people stay connected with their cars.
Don Butler, Ford's Executive Director for Connected Vehicle and Services said, "SYNC allows customers to bring the smartphone technology they're comfortable with into a vehicle and use it without hassle. With SYNC, we move at our customers' pace - making it easy for them to maintain a connected lifestyle no matter their choice of smartphone, apps or services inside and outside their vehicle."
There are currently 15 million SYNC equipped vehicles on road and by 2020, 43 million vehicles are expected to be equipped with the SYNC connectivity system globally.
Starting this year, customers equipped with SYNC-3 vehicles will have more choice with connectivity, since iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay, and Android users can activate Android Auto. In addition to the two new platforms, users can now stay remotely connected with the help of 4G LTE.
The 4G LTE feature gives the users the ability to remotely access features of their car like remote start, unlock doors, check fuel level or locate a parked vehicle via their smartphone.
In North America, Ford is making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will have an opportunity to upgrade later in the year.