Las Vegas isn’t filled with just gamblers and drinkers this week, oh no. It’s a tech-fest as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off and the very latest gadgets get shown off. Two big car manufacturers are there too – Ford and Fiat Chrysler. They’ve announced that Android Auto will be arriving to their new cars.
Ford will be adding the technology to all of their 2017 vehicles that come with Sync 3. Meanwhile Fiat will be adding support in vehicles that feature its fourth generation UConnect systems.
Ford will be rolling out a software update for the 2016 range of Sync 3-equipped vehicles later in the year. Meanwhile Fiat showed off the Android Auto and CarPlay integration in the infotainment system on the Dodge Charger Pursuit.
Here’s how Ford have shown it off..
Ford’s Sync 3 platform also features AppLink that allows developers to create native apps for it. With the platform supporting both CarPlay and Android Auto, it does seem unlikely that any developer will create native apps for it using AppLink. Both Fiat and Ford will also support Apple’s CarPlay in their infotainment system.