Trevor Collett | Jan 5, 2016

Ford has used this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to launch an updated version of its SYNC infotainment system.

Buyers will be pleased to learn that SYNC now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the program also adds new AppLink apps to the current list.

Concur expense reporting, Eventseeker entertainment services and even NRMA-style member apps are all available as part of the upgrade.

The new SYNC also supports wireless 4G LTE in new vehicles, enabling owners to unlock doors, check remaining fuel levels, locate their vehicles in car parks and even start the engine remotely.

“SYNC allows customers to bring the smartphone technology they’re comfortable with into a vehicle and use it without hassle,” Ford’s Don Butler said.

“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.”

A feature drivers will likely appreciate is a new system which transfers smartphone navigation apps to the in-car touchscreen (see video, below).

Ford said all 2017 models equipped with SYNC 3 sold in the US will soon come with the Apple and Android software as standard, while current owners with SYNC 3 will be able to upgrade at a later stage.

Timing and availability for an Australian debut of the new software is unclear at this stage.

Ford predicts more than 20 million customers will be using SYNC by 2020.

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