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Ford has announced the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its SYNC 3 infotainment system. Set to be debuted at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the system also adds a host of other features including the new SYNC Connect technology.

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, the Apple CarPlay seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the car’s built-in display and controls via USB. It features Siri voice control, which will allow users to to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions and others without having to take their eyes off the road.

On the other hand, the Android Auto is available for users of Android devices 5.0 and higher. It enables users to access plenty of Google-based functions including voice search, maps and music playback through the use of steering wheel controls and touch screen.

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The new SYNC Connect technology powered by 4G LTE gives owners the ability to remotely access features of their car – they can now program a remote start, unlock doors, check fuel level or even locate a parked vehicle via their smartphone.

In addition, apps using available vehicle information such as GPS location and mileage will be available this year under the AppLink. The apps include American Automobile Association (AAA) member services (or CAA for Canada), Concur business trip data logger, and Tencent Chelian, which allows users to access China’s most popular social media platform, QQ’s messaging app, as well as music, real-time traffic conditions and streaming radio.

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Not only that, those looking to spend the night out can use Eventseeker and Cityseeker, both of which will use data from the GPS to help users find the best events, restaurants, nightlife and other attractions in more than 500 cities worldwide.

The update will be available in North America on all 2017 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Escape. Owners of 2016 model year vehicles will be able to get their hands on the latest infotainment at some point later this year.





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