Ford rolls out the latest update (version 2.2) to their Sync 3 software, which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also, for the first time, the software can be updated through Wi-Fi, making the whole upgrade process easy and convenient.
For starters, Sync is Ford’s infotainment system that allows hands-free music and entertainment, as well as smartphone integration. It can read messages and allows you to receive/make hands-free phone calls through voice recognition, which promotes a less distracted driving experience. Its 3rd generation—Sync 3—includes a smoother interface and navigation function.
Now, with the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, smartphone integration would be seamless and 2nd nature. Users that are always on-the-go will surely appreciate this new update, especially with the new Anti-Distracted Driving law currently implemented nationwide.
Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Ford Connected Vehicle and Services Executive Director Don Butler.
Locally, Sync 3 is available to the following 2016 models: some variants of the Ranger and Everest, the Explorer, and the Mustang. 2017 model year vehicles onward may or may not have the latest Sync 3 software update, depending on their dealerships. Owners can call their respective dealers or check their owner’s manual to verify.
Those who wish to update can visit the Ford Owner’s website to get the version 2.2 software, then proceed with the upgrade by downloading to a USB drive or by visiting a dealership. They can also connect their vehicles through Wi-Fi to receive the update automatically.
“With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles,” Butler added.
The Wi-Fi update (if applicable) will only proceed if the Automatic System Updates is turned on. The system will periodically check for updates online and proceed with the software upgrade in the background without any user interaction. It will also update even after you turn off your engine – provided that Sync 3 is connected to Wi-Fi prior to turning the engine off.