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Ford using first over-the-air software updates to its 2016 cars

Ford using first over-the-air software updates to its 2016 cars

Meanwhile, if you have a Ford vehicle from the 2017 model year, or one of hundreds of other 2017 and 2016 model year cars from other automakers, you've already got Android Auto and CarPlay built in.

Owners will have the option to update by visiting a dealership, downloading an install file to a USB drive, or applying the software upgrade through a home WiFi network. This should pretty exciting news for Ford owners who now won't need to buy a brand new auto to get a major infotainment upgrade. Blackberry QNX powers Ford's Sync 3 system.

"If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction", Ford explained in a statement, noting that there's no need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place.

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The update comes after carmakers Audi and Volvo announced that they will be using Android as the main operating system for their upcoming cars. CarPlay and Android Auto are huge upgrades vs. most in-car software, offering navigation and entertainment options that follow you from your phone to your vehicle. Google Maps, Google Play Music, and some third-party apps are integrated into the infotainment system with on-screen projection and voice controls, as are phone and messaging functions. Then your Ford vehicle will periodically connect to the designated WI-Fi network (which means the one whose settings are saved within the vehicle's settings) to check for updates. Apple CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1.

This is the first time Ford will offer an infotainment update over Wi-Fi.

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