The widespread use of smartphones is forcing automakers to adapt to the changing tastes of car enthusiasts. Ford, previously not considered CarPlay as an option for their cars, has announced support for Apple’s car technology for its line of cars.
To use Apple CarPlay will be the owners of vehicles with a multimedia system Sync 3, submitted at the end of 2013. Distinctive feature of technology is that the interface of the infotainment system repeats the appearance of the display of a mobile device, making operation intuitive for the user. The first car with CarPlay will be a Ford Escape 2017 model year, which goes to dealers in the spring. The owners of Ford cars with Sync 3 will be able to update the firmware later this year.
Previously Jeff Greenberg, senior technical head of Ford in man-machine interfaces, said that the automakers better understand how to look screen car multimedia systems. The new generation Ford Sync 3 was created using the QNX system from Blackberry, while the cooperation with Microsoft, the Americans refused. Infotainment system got a new design and shorter reaction times. Nevertheless, Ford decided to integrate the system from Apple – “if only the buyers were convenient.”
In a recent interview with the head of the California Corporation Tim cook stated that the CarPlay platform supported all major automakers. According to him, in 2015 more than 40 new car models have received support CarPlay. Last year entered the market machines equipped with new technology: for example, the Volvo XC90 and Suzuki Vitara.