Car maker Ford announced, it will launch the 2017 Escape with support for CarPlay and Android Auto through its SYNC 3 Connect platform in May in Canada and the U.S.
The new Escape model will become its first vehicle with CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
CarPlay will bring Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts, and a set of third-party apps, including Spotify, to the 2017 Escape’s in-dash multimedia system.
CarPlay allows drivers to control some iOS apps while driving without having to pick up their phone. The technology is currently supported by over 100 2016- and 2017-model vehicles from a number of major car brands, including Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford and others.
In addition to Apple’s own, the only compatible apps include iHeartRadio, MLB At Bat, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio, Overcast, Audiobooks.com, Audible, Pandora, Slacker, VOX, and NPR One.
CarPlay and Android Auto will also be available in 2016 Ford vehicles with SYNC 3 as an upgrade later this year.
In addition to CarPlay and Android Auto, the new Escape also comes with a capable driver-assist technology and all-new Sync Connect that supports features like remote start and door locking through the new FordPass platform.
Ford said, “Escape will also be first to offer SYNC 3 featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.”