DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity across its full lineup of 2017 vehicles, including the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup truck and Ford Focus compact sedan and hatchback.
"We developed one platform — Sync 3 — and have been able to quickly offer the technology across our lineup," said Chuck Gray, Ford global director of electrical and electronic systems engineering, in a statement. "Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model-year Ford car, SUV, light truck or electrified vehicle with Sync 3 and be able to access their favorite apps."
Ford said it is not taking the "traditional approach" of rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or "as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only."
CarPlay and Android Auto give drivers access to many of their smartphones' functions — including phone calls, text messaging, navigation, music and calendar — through the vehicle's infotainment system by voice, steering-wheel controls and touchscreen.
The technology not only provides a high level of convenience but also increases safety by eliminating the need to fumble with a phone or other device while driving.
Apple reports that CarPlay is on 32 GM nameplates.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers who value connectivity will be able to drive out of their Ford dealerships with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready to go on all 2017 Ford vehicles.