Above: Android Auto in the Ford Mustang, top of screen: Apple CarPlay in the Mustang
“With Sync, we move at our customers’ pace – making it easy for them to maintain a connected lifestyle no matter their choice of smartphone, apps or services inside and outside their vehicle,” said Don Butler, Ford’s boss of connected vehicles and services.
Above: CarPlay in UConnect 4
That upgrade, which will replace the current UConnect platform in overseas markets later this year, will bring new higher-resolution displays with crisper graphics and more powerful internals for faster boot-up and operation.
Australian timing for the upgraded UConnect system is still to be confirmed, but it could be a while off: according to Fiat Chrysler’s release today, CarPlay and Android Auto will initially only be offered in a select number of models overseas.
Above: Android Auto in UConnect 4
"With the launch of the fourth generation of Uconnect systems, we are continuing to minimize the everyday stresses of busy lifestyles by providing drivers with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicles, while making every drive exceptionally informative, entertaining and unique,” said Joni Christensen, FCA’s head of UConnect Marketing.