Updating sync

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A new SYNC Connect system with 4G LTE gives Ford owners remote access their vehicle from their smartphone.An easy-to-use app provides access to features like remote start, door unlocking, fuel level and GPS parking location.At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford announced they will be adding Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity to their vehicles this year.Ford cars, trucks and SUVs will also be receiving 4G LTE connectivity and new App Link apps to help owners easily stay connected while on the road.It’s worth noting that there might well be a charge for that, however.

It takes advantage of a feature the automaker added in SYNC 3, utilizing the system’s integrated Wi Fi connection.

Ford also talked about the possibility of adding Amazon Echo/Alexa and Wink connectivity to its vehicles to allow for smart home connectivity.

By using Alexa voice commands in their home, Ford owners would be able to check charge status, fuel level, start/stop the vehicle and lock or unlock the doors.

The OTA update option is also a big step for Ford – it’s the company’s first for software, and it’s one of the major reasons that Ford recently hired around 400 new mobile smartphone engineers, the company tells me.

For Car Play, users will still also need to upgrade their vehicle’s USB hub to make this work (which will also incur a dealer visit and a cost), but for those on Android, all that’s required is a simple software installation.

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