2017 Ford F-150, Focus To Feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto | Edmunds

2017 Ford F-150, Focus To Feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


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.

The 2017 Ford Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer are already available at Ford dealerships with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2017 Ford F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty will arrive later this year, Ford said on Monday.

"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.

The Apple CarPlay website lists a growing number of U.S. vehicles with CarPlay, including the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and Sonic.

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.

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