Customers can update their software by visiting owner.ford.com to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership. To DIY the update, you'll need to download the right version for your vehicle from Ford's owner support website.
In fact, over-the-air updates were one of the main reasons underlying Ford's acquisition of 400 mobile engineers from Blackberry earlier this year, Techcrunch reports.
As for the Wi-Fi update feature, you will have to navigate to the settings menu and activate the Automatic System Updates option. Instead of relying on their vehicle's built-in navigation system, which might be outdated, they can project Google Maps onto their car's in-dash display, for instance. Like with Android Auto, CarPlay allows integration with the in-car infotainment system, enabling app projection on the SYNC 3 screen, and voice control via Apple's Siri system.
SYNC 3 now supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all model-year 2017 Ford cars including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang, SUVs including the Escape, Explorer and Expedition, F-Series trucks and Ford's electrified vehicles. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction. Unfortunately, getting Apple CarPlay support requires an upgrade to your vehicle's USB hub, which means you'll need to visit your dealership and likely pay a fee. If it does not have Wi-Fi hardware, you can go to Ford's website on your PC and download the update to a USB Flash drive, and then plug in that drive in your vehicle to install the software.
The Android Auto and CarPlay update is the first time that Ford is offering a new software version via Wi-Fi.
This is also the first update that Ford is going to push via Wi-Fi to some of its newer cars.