Ford Announces Slew of Sync 3 Updates, Including Amazon Echo Integration along with 4G LTE
Ford is actually using the 2017 CES technology show to announce a slew of updates to its Sync 3 infotainment system, including Amazon Echo integration, built-in 4G LTE data along with Wi-Fi hotspot, along with more. Nearly all of the improvements come into effect for the 2018 product year, nevertheless some are on their way sooner. Here’s a rundown:
4G LTE Connectivity along with Built-In Wi-Fi Hotspot
Following not so hot on the heels of General Motors’ widespread adoption of built-in 4G LTE data connections with Wi-Fi hotspots in 2015, Ford is actually adding the same feature to its Sync 3–equipped vehicles for the 2018 product year. When we say “the same,” we mean which—Ford, just like its crosstown rival, is actually relying on AT&T for its Sync Connect data stream. Users can connect up to 10 devices at a time to the included onboard Wi-Fi, along with the signal is actually strong enough to reach devices up to 50 feet away coming from the vehicle. completely new Ford owners will be gifted a three-month free subscription to the service, along with after which they may add a stand-alone AT&T data plan for their car or add their car’s service to an existing AT&T phone plan. The only hitch? The data connection requires hardware which is actually not fitted to today’s Sync 3 systems, meaning which will be limited to Fords coming from the 2018 product year forward.
Amazon Echo Integration
Amazon Echo, the brand’s personal assistant which leverages voice recognition along with the Internet of Things to access along with control a host of smart devices along with apps, is actually coming to Ford’s Sync 3 platform. Well, integration of Amazon’s Alexa app (Alexa is actually the name of the personal assistant you talk to or at, depending on your level of loneliness) is actually coming to Sync 3. What which allows, though, is actually pretty exciting.
Courtesy of Sync’s newfound 4G LTE data connection, Echo users at home can ask their Echo unit/Alexa to remote start their car, lock or unlock the doors, check the battery charge status or fuel level, or be given a mileage summary. For currently, the only Ford vehicles capable of home-to-car Alexa communication are the Ford Focus Electric, the Ford C-Max Energi, along with the Ford Fusion Energi, which already come with an AT&T data connection. More Fords with the ability to abide by remote Alexa commands will follow. Car-to-home Alexa commands are being introduced a few months after the home-t0-car tricks. Beginning This specific summer, Ford owners with Sync 3 in their cars can prod Alexa for weather reports, play music over the cloud, check news, add items to their Amazon shopping lists, along with even ask for directions along with transfer the guidance to Sync 3’s built-in navigation system.
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Touchscreen Navigation App Mirroring
which could be argued which widespread smartphone adoption—along with the attendant navigation apps—have obviated the need to pay for expensive in-car factory navigation systems or even portable navigation devices. which may be true, nevertheless which has created a problem: drivers holding their phones or peering at the smaller screens while using navigation apps on the go. Ford recognizes the problem (as do we) along with has adopted phone-mirroring solutions such as Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto, which can reconfigure an Apple or Google phone’s home-screen interface along with select apps to appear inside Sync 3 display.
currently Ford is actually going one step further with its AppLink software, which integrates common smartphone apps onto Sync 3, along with has added a navigation-app-specific mirroring function. Setup is actually simple: Just plug your phone in to the vehicle using a USB cable, open a compatible navigation app, along with which will appear full-screen on the Sync 3 display along with offer control over its functions. This specific is actually great in concept, nevertheless for currently only one navigation app, Sygic, works with Sync 3. Compared to Google Maps or Waze or Apple Maps, Sygic is actually . . . not as favorite, at least here inside United States. (The app claims 150 million users worldwide.) Perhaps—or should we say we desire—Ford’s open-source AppLink software might attract Google or others to adapt their apps to This specific feature, because which’s slicker than a phone mount.