This means that For owners will soon be able to ask Google where the nearest McDonald’s is and check with Siri to see how many calories are in a Big Mac (563) — all while doing sick burnouts in their new Mustang GT.
Ford is bringing Android Auto and CarPlay to its vehicles via its new Sync 3 infotainment system. Early reviews reveal that an early version of Sync 3 in 2014 in-dash console is far easier to navigate and understand than previous iterations of Sync.
Ford organized the original Sync system by breaking the main touchscreen display into four quadrants: Entertainment, Navigation, Climate and Phone. The whole interface was confusing to say the least. On top of that the system was slow to respond to user inputs, making things like searching for addresses incredibly annoying.
Sync 3, on the other hand, is not only faster; it is also easier to navigate. The setup focuses on larger text and windows that make the system far more intuitive.
In addition to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Ford is bringing over-the-air Wi-Fi updates to its vehicles. That means if drivers need to update their Sync 3 system to get a new feature, they will simply have to connect to their home’s Wi-Fi system.
Adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is an interesting decision by Ford, though, which has put a lot of effort into building its own in-car infotainment ecosystem. With access to Android Auto and CarPlay, drivers will be less incentivized to use the actual Sync 3 interface.