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Apr 12, 2001

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.

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, Skoda, 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.

Article Link: Ford Launching 2017 Escape in May as its First CarPlay Vehicle


macrumors 6502
Jun 13, 2013
Sync 3 is in the 2016 models....this doesn't make sense. Nvm just read its coming as an update.


Sep 11, 2014
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

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.


macrumors 68030
Oct 21, 2009
My GMC Canyon has carplay and I do like it but it needs some serious work. One big step forward would be if you could use google maps on carplay instead of apple maps
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 27, 2011
Riga, Latvia
So far the only truly elegant CarPlay integration I've seen comes from Volvo in the new XC90 (and soon S90/V90). The native car UI is so good that you almost don't need CarPlay, but if you want it - it's there as one of the dynamic panels.



macrumors 68040
Nov 10, 2007
Out of the Reach of the FBI
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?
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.


Nov 8, 2011
Meh I really lost the need for CarPlay after getting my Mazda. The infotainment system in the 2016 CX-5 works well, has plenty of functionality and stays out of my way while driving.
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macrumors 68030
Feb 27, 2006
I like the picture at the lake, because it looks like something that could actually happen in real life.
My first thought when I saw that picture was, "Wow, that looks familiar."

When I lived in the States many years ago, I lived in a house that was very much like that one — red with white trim, built on pilings over the water, with a rocky beach just a stone's throw away. So, I assure you, it actually does happen in real life.

I was just a recent college grad on an entry-level salary, though. I rented the place for a couple of years, but could never have afforded to buy it.
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macrumors 68040
May 31, 2015
Better late than never, I suppose. Toyota, I hope you're keeping an eye-out (for your sake, not because I would buy one).


macrumors G3
Oct 1, 2005
Colorado Springs, CO
Carplay quite frankly, sucks.. It's a half baked solution that doesn't work very well..
Totally disagree. It's not only easier to use than anything else out there (save, possibly Android Auto that I have as well and don't use) but because of this I'm a much safer driver now too as I don't have to look at anything. This is a boon for those that have text heavy jobs and travel. Caveat: it works loads better on 9.3 beta 7.
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