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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford vehicles

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Apple CarPlay will allow Ford drivers with iPhone 5 models or later to plug in their smartphone via USB and for its interface to be displayed on the vehicle's touchscreen
Apple CarPlay will allow Ford drivers with iPhone 5 models or later to plug in their smartphone via USB and for its interface to be displayed on the vehicle's touchscreen
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Apple CarPlay will allow Ford drivers with iPhone 5 models or later to plug in their smartphone via USB and for its interface to be displayed on the vehicle's touchscreen
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Apple CarPlay will allow Ford drivers with iPhone 5 models or later to plug in their smartphone via USB and for its interface to be displayed on the vehicle's touchscreen
Users will be able to control CarPlay functions via touch interface or voice commands
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Users will be able to control CarPlay functions via touch interface or voice commands
Devices running Android 5.0 or higher will project information onto the screen via Android Auto
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Devices running Android 5.0 or higher will project information onto the screen via Android Auto
Android Auto will allow users to access Google Maps navigation
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Android Auto will allow users to access Google Maps navigation
Android Auto will allow users to access Google Play Music
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Android Auto will allow users to access Google Play Music
New AppLink apps will include AAA member services
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New AppLink apps will include AAA member services
The AAA app will be available for users in the US and there will be a CAA app for users in Canada
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The AAA app will be available for users in the US and there will be a CAA app for users in Canada
The AAA / CAA apps will use vehicle GPS data to allow users to access fuel prices and locate fueling stations
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The AAA / CAA apps will use vehicle GPS data to allow users to access fuel prices and locate fueling stations
The CitySeeker app will use vehicle GPS data to locate restaurants, nightlife and other attractions
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The CitySeeker app will use vehicle GPS data to locate restaurants, nightlife and other attractions
The EventSeeker app will use vehicle GPS data to locate nearby events
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The EventSeeker app will use vehicle GPS data to locate nearby events
Among the events the Eventseeker app will locate are music gigs and other entertainment types
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Among the events the Eventseeker app will locate are music gigs and other entertainment types

Ford has been updating its Sync in-car communications and infotainment system apace, with the Connect remote control and monitoring app, new AppLink apps and Siri integration. Now it's putting iOS and Android on the dashboard and expanding connectivity in other ways.

This next step for the company's in-car connectivity offering will see Apple CarPlay and Android Auto brought to Ford vehicles. Both will be available on all 2017 models equipped with Sync 3, while owners of 2016 models with Sync 3 will be able to upgrade later this year.

CarPlay will allow users with iPhone 5 models or later to plug in their smartphone via USB and have its interface displayed on the vehicle's touchscreen. Users can then make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages and get directions optimized for traffic conditions via the car's touchscreen. All of these functions can also be controlled via voice commands.

Android Auto will allow users to access Google Maps navigation
Android Auto will allow users to access Google Maps navigation

Devices running Android 5.0 or higher, meanwhile, will project information onto the screen from apps including Google Maps, Google Play Music and others. Users will be able to find answers to questions using Google Voice Search.

New AppLink apps will include the first to use available vehicle information such as GPS location and mileage, and a new "Send Location" feature will allow developers to create apps with the functionality built-in.

The video below provides an overview of SYNC 3 AppLink with the Send Location feature.

Source: Ford

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