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Ford Launching 2017 Escape in May as its First CarPlay Vehicle

As promised, Ford has announced that its new 2017 Escape will be its first vehicle to support CarPlay and Android Auto through its SYNC 3 Connect platform.

The automaker's best-selling SUV has entered production in Louisville, Kentucky, and sales will begin at U.S. and Canadian dealerships in May 2016.

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Ford's all-new 2017 Escape hits dealerships in May 2016 (Image: Ford)

CarPlay will bring Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts, and a number of third-party apps, such as Spotify, to the 2017 Escape's in-dash multimedia system.

The Apple software can be controlled with Siri and your vehicle's built-in controls for convenient access to common iPhone features. iPhone 5 or later is required.

The new Escape also features available driver-assist technology that can "help keep drivers in their lane, maintain a set speed and distance on the highway, and even aid drivers in getting out of a tight parking spot."

Ford announced in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry's QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the new Escape.

CarPlay and Android Auto will also be available in 2016 Ford vehicles with SYNC 3 as an upgrade later this year.

CarPlay is available in over 100 new 2016 and 2017 models worldwide from Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Škoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Volvo, and other carmakers.

CarPlay and Android Auto will also available in select Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models beginning this year. Toyota, meanwhile, remains one of the largest automakers that has yet to adopt CarPlay, instead choosing SmartDeviceLink, despite being listed as a committed partner on Apple's website since 2014.

Related Roundup: CarPlay
Tags: Android Auto, Ford, Ford SYNC


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19 weeks ago

I really don't get Carplay.

Who want's to be fiddling with buttons, listening to or dictating messages etc whilst driving?

Perhaps people that are not you?
Rating: 10 Votes
19 weeks ago
No carplay, no buy.
Rating: 10 Votes
19 weeks ago



The new Escape also features available driver-assist technology that can "help keep drivers in their lane, maintain a set speed and distance on the highway, and even aid drivers in getting out of a tight parking spot."


Article Link: Ford Launching 2017 Escape as its First CarPlay Vehicle in May ('http://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/18/2017-ford-escape-carplay-android-auto/')


I don't see what the big deal is. My dad has had these features with every car he's had since the late 60's. That's when he married my mom. ;)

Ever since, he's had constant assistance with his driving.

"Bob, Bob, you're supposed to turn here!"

"Bob, you're going too fast."

"Oh for Crissakes speed it up or we will never get there."

"Bob, watch where you're going! Pay attention! There's a car there!"

"Bob don't park here, there is a spot right next to the door over there!"

Dear old mom! But on the few occasions when my mom is driving and Dad is riding shotgun he's just as bad. And when husband or I are driving, my dad turns into a human GPS. :rolleyes:

Seriously though, while these technologies look great, I worry about the stuff I've read about them being hacked. It's hard for me to want to give up my nearly 25 year old car anytime soon when I think of that risk. But as I age I admit this all seems promising in terms of keeping me safely on the road into my golden years.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 weeks ago
CarPlay yes, Ford, no thanks. :p
Rating: 8 Votes
19 weeks ago
I really don't get Carplay.

Who want's to be fiddling with buttons, listening to or dictating messages etc whilst driving?

I'd rather just drive, and enjoy some (increasingly rare) gadget free time.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago
Been there, done that.
2008 Focus:
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago

I really don't get Carplay.

Who want's to be fiddling with buttons, listening to or dictating messages etc whilst driving?

I'd rather just drive, and enjoy some (increasingly rare) gadget free time.


Good for you. Fortunately, you can choose to drive a car without it if you'd like. The rest of us want it. Great having choices, huh?
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Carplay quite frankly, sucks.. It's a half baked solution that doesn't work very well..


Disagree, as someone who's had it for over a year.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago
Carplay quite frankly, sucks.. It's a half baked solution that doesn't work very well..
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago
I like the picture at the lake, because it looks like something that could actually happen in real life.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago
The best thing about the '17 Escape isn't Carplay - which is already on top of SYNC 3, not replacing it - it's the fact you can start the car from anywhere with an app, and check fuel/battery/tires etc from the app.

That said, I have SYNC in my Mustang (not MyFordTouch) and with an iPod classic permanently docked in the console, I couldn't be happier. The voice commands work flawlessly every time and it allows the iPod to use the iPod's native shuffle algoritm (unlike my prior Jetta which had it's own horrible shuffle algoritm). I don't think there's any better way to listen to music in the car. Bluetooth technology doesn't let you navigate between playlists or artists or whatever, so you have to make sure you have the right playlist set on your phone before getting in the car, and then the sound quality isn't that great (yeah it's not bad, but it will never be as good as a hardwired device), and then your battery drains quicker. So at least if all you want to do is listen to music, I don't think there's any better solution than a permanently docked iPod as long as the car does a good job with voice commands etc. to navigate and switch between playlists/artists/songs, which SYNC on my Mustang does.

However if you need maps/messages/whatever, I could see the appeal of CarPlay, but not version 1.0. Maybe version like 8.0 when it's wireless and has a lot of functionality added and bugs worked out. Really though the auto manufacturers need to let Apple create the touch screens - used CarPlay in a '16 Tiguan SEL and it was still a crappy slow touchscreen, which ruined the experience. What I'm most surprised to see though is manufacturers still having their own factory nav in addition to CarPlay - who's going to use that when they can use Apple/Google maps??
Rating: 2 Votes

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