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Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

While the push for self-driving cars may have gotten a slight hiccup with scrutiny over Tesla-related accidents, the drive to make cars smarter, at least by proxy, hasn't died down one bit. Case in point, Ford has just announced the availability of its SYNC 3 connectivity platform to its entire 2017 lineup, making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available to all customers, whether they're buying a car, SUV, light truck or even an electric vehicle.

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KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA Motors of America has announced a new initiative that will help keep the automaker quite competitive in the world of connected driving. KIA says it will upgrade a number of models featuring either an eligible navigation system or its own UVO3 navigation platform to support Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto. Perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is that the upgrades will be free to owners of these KIA models.

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Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

If you've been waiting to connect your iPhone or Android phone to your car, you won't need to wait for a newer, hi-tech model if you happen to already own a 2015, 2016 or 2017 Hyundai. The car maker is rolling out a software update that already adds that bridge to connect your existing car with your smartphone without undergoing any hardware upgrade. But best of all, Hyundai is allowing owners to download install the update themselves for absolutely no cost at all, provided they have the necessary authenticated numbers, of course.

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This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

Android Auto may be all about burying the car company's infotainment system under a familiar Android UI from your phone, but Hyundai is showing off a new, more seamless integration. Demonstrated for the first time at Google I/O 2016 today, the system relies an on upcoming version of Android Auto that allows automakers to insert their own custom cards into the interface.

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Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Android Auto is about to get a whole lot more useful, with wireless connectivity, "Ok Google" hot-word triggering, and Waze integration all set to be added. Google's attempt to colonize the dashboard through plugging in Android phones is set to receive a number of convenience features in the coming months, including the ability to hook up your smartphone via WiFi rather than plugging in a USB cable.

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Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car's infotainment system, give or take a few functionality deemed to be dangerous or unnecessary for driving. But unlike other iterations of Android, like Android Wear or Android TV, Android Auto has far more dire consequences when implemented poorly. That is why when Nat & Lo took their web series to Google's Android Auto Research Lab, they were met by rather sophisticated equipment, including different kinds of sensors and, of course, a driving simulator.

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Android Auto launches in 18 new countries

Android Auto launches in 18 new countries

Android Auto has been around in the US for a long time now so it is easy to forget that the automotive OS isn't available all around the world just yet. Google has announced that Android Auto is now available in 18 more countries around the world. That means that drivers in these countries can get control over compatible apps on their phone from the car infotainment system.

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Ford’s first CarPlay vehicle will be the 2017 Escape

Ford’s first CarPlay vehicle will be the 2017 Escape

Ford has announced that the upcoming 2017 Escape will be the manufacturer's first vehicle to support Apple's CarPlay infotainment system. The smaller sized SUV will be running Ford's SYNC 3 Connect platform, which they announced at CES this year as supporting CarPlay as well as Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The new Escape is scheduled to start hitting Ford dealerships in May.

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Tesla to ditch SDK in favor of mirroring iOS, Android apps

Tesla to ditch SDK in favor of mirroring iOS, Android apps

The car software platform wars are just heating up but at least one car maker is backing out of pushing its own, independent platform. At the Hong Kong event where it also teased another car after the Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk touched on the somewhat thorny subject of the Tesla EVs' SDK. In almost a complete U-turn from its previous position, Musk said that the company is now focusing on just allowing users to mirror their Android or iOS apps on the center screen, instead of having to create a different set of apps just for Tesla's cars.

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Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is the brand name of General Motors' car sharing service from here on out, servicing the United States with on-demand mobility with an "ownership-like experience." What GM hopes to do here is work with Lyft (in a strategic alliance of sorts) and connect with OnStar to provide a "high level of personalized mobility services" in a car-sharing program that'll be expanding immediately. The first step is the city, where Maven will be bringing its car-sharing program to Ann Arbor Michigan.

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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

As CES 2016 shifts into full speed, Fiat Chrysler has announced that it will be supporting both Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms starting later this year. Fiat Chrysler says it will be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to its UConnect system, making it the latest in a number of car makers to support integration over the last year, with Ford announcing the same just a day earlier.

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Ford SYNC now boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote controls

Ford SYNC now boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote controls

This age is truly a connected age but not everyone connects via the same means or owns the same connected devices. Instead of shoehorning their customers into a single solution, Ford is giving their buyers the gift of choice. Customers who will be purchasing a car equipped with the new SYNC 3 or upgrading to it will be able to choose between Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto for connecting their mobile devices to their cars.

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