If you already own or are planning to buy a new Ford, you’ll soon be able to fire up Android Auto using Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system. Ford has announced that Ford Sync 3 on its 2017 models will come with Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay pre-installed. The 2017 Ford Escape will be the first vehicle from Ford to show up on its show floors with Android Auto this spring. Ford’s 2016 models which are already on the road and have Sync 3 will receive the Android Auto update “later in the year.”
For those who are not familiar with Android Auto, the platform allows you to interact with specific Android apps on your Android phone through the car’s touch screen. There are a few after-market Android Auto systems on the market, but Google focus has been to work with auto manufacturers to have Android Auto as an additional layer on top of their standard in-car entertainment and navigational system. The Android Auto platform has received a few minor updates since it was introduced nearly 18 months ago, but Google is expected to release significant functionality enhancements later in 2016.
Check out the video below to get a glimpse of what Android Auto can do.