Anyone who experienced Ford Motor Company's [NYSE: F] My Ford Touch infotainment system is likely still recovering from the nightmare that were the blue screen of death, glitchy software, frozen screens, slow responses, and a complicated overall user experience.
For the 2016 model year, Ford wiped the slate clean and ditched the My Ford Touch system in favor of Sync 3.
Ford has told us that this currently only applies to the US.
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Ford Sync (stylized Ford SYNC) is a factory-installed, integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system that allows users to make hands-free telephone calls, control music and perform other functions with the use of voice commands.
The system consists of applications and user interfaces developed by Ford and other third-party developers.
To be fair, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show, Ford announced that all 2017 models with Sync 3 would be getting both Car Play and Android Auto, and that Ford will offer a free update for 2016 model year vehicles with Sync 3 to add these systems later this year. We aren't talking about adding fancy flash animation by any means.
Ford has confirmed that it is rolling out an update for Ford Sync 3, to add Apple Car Play and Android Auto to its 2016 cars.
Sync is the name of Ford's in-car infotainment system that for a number of years (and versions) has allowed you to connect your smartphone and get easy access to some of its services.
Now, thanks to a simple USB update (or by visiting a dealership), you can add Android and Apple's in-car functionality, opening the door to a new interface in your car.
Car Play and Android Auto run over the top of the in-car system, providing a familiar layer that gives you access to navigation, messaging, calling and music options from your phone.