Don’t Like Ford’s SYNC 3? Use Android Auto or Apple Car Play Instead!

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When it first came out, Ford’s SYNC system was revolutionary in the terms of vehicle infotainment systems. At the push of a button, you could request a song on your iPod and it’d play it. Unlike any of the other systems at the time, it actually worked.

MyFord Touch had a few hiccups along the way, and was replaced last year for SYNC 3. Eventually all Ford vehicles will have the new infotainment system, which operates faster and is more intuitive than ever before.

SYNC 3 and Android Auto

But what if you don’t want to use it? Maybe you’d rather use the interface on your phone instead? Well, starting soon you’ll be able to use Android Auto or Apple’s Car Play on your Ford vehicle!

SYNC 3 and Android Auto

Announced ahead of CES in Las Vegas, Ford will offer Android Auto and Car Play support on 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3. That means that new Raptor you’ve been eyeing up will support both technologies.

Starting this year, owners of Ford SYNC 3-equipped vehicles will have more choice in how they access smartphones in the car as iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay.

If you have a 2016 vehicle with SYNC 3, you’ll have a software update by the end of the year that adds support for both systems. It’s unlikely, though, that users of MyFord Touch will receive that upgrade since SYNC 3 is built on entirely different architecture.

It’s not surprising to see Ford adopt this technology, but I didn’t expect them to do it as quickly as they did. It should be noted, though, most of the competition is starting to support the phone integration.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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