The list of carmakers offering connectivity with the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms has grown again, with Ford and Fiat Chrysler both making major announcements at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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.