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Ford Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to SYNC 3

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  • Ford's latest SYNC system is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • The system will add the features beginning with the 2017 model year
  • Other new SYNC features include an updated interface and new apps

Ford has officially announced a major improvement to the next generation of its SYNC infotainment system at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the addition of the highly popular new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.

Officially dubbed SYNC 3, the latest version of the brand's SYNC infotainment system boasts a long list of changes, like a revised interface, new apps and a SYNC Connect system that lets drivers remotely start vehicles, unlock doors, check their fuel level or locate their parked car.

However, SYNC 3's biggest news is undoubtedly its addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which several other automakers, including rival General Motors, have added in recent years. The technology allows drivers to sync their smartphones to their vehicles, roughly mimicking the smartphone screen on the car's infotainment system.

Other updates to SYNC 3 are largely confined to new apps, including one from the American Automobile Association that allows drivers to access fuel prices and locate gas stations. Other new apps include Concur, which helps drivers log business trips, and Eventseeker, which gauges a driver's interests and uses that information to display potentially relevant events located nearby.

Although the latest version of SYNC is already out, Ford says Apple CarPlay and Android Auto won't make their way into the brand's vehicles until the 2017 model year. However, the automaker says drivers with SYNC 3 can update their systems to add the feature once it becomes available.

What it means to you: With the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, combined with other updates, the latest SYNC system promises to be the best version yet.

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