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This is the same open-source system being adopted by Toyota and other automakers.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included

The all-new infotainment system is a huge step forward over the previous and much-unloved MyFordTouch. This update includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Simple Enhancements Make For A Big Improvement

Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system fixes many of the gripes we had about MyFord Touch. In fact, this new design is easily one of the best in the industry.

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Ford will add Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a bunch of new apps to 2016 and later vehicles equipped with Sync 3.

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Deliberation on the winners of Autoblog's Tech of the Year Award is under way. Nominees for best car in 2016 are: the Tesla Model S, the Chevy Volt and the BMW 7 series. Nominees for best tech in 2016 are: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, VW's MiB II with AppConnect, Ford Sync 3, Audi Virtual Cockpit, the Smart Cross Connect App, and Volvo Sensus. Autoblog's Chris McGraw reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute.

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Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is replacing MyFord Touch in the manufacturer's lineup and is a marked improvement over its predecessor. We had a personal demonstration at a recent Ford event.

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The 2016 Ford F-150 is getting some minor but noticeable updates. Buyers benefit from the switch to Sync 3 for infotainment and an available Pro Trailer Backup Assist system. There are also new Special Edition Appearance Packages for the XLT and Lariat.

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Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system launches for the 2016 model year. Today, the company announced that the first vehicles to get this tech will be the 2016 Escape and Fiesta.

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Ford isn't completely abandoning its partnership with Microsoft. The tech company will supply the wireless updates to models equipped with the new Sync 3 infotainment system.

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MyFord Touch has been among the most widely disdained automotive infotainment systems on the market, practically since its introduction in 2010. Consumer Reports was among the most vocal critics, all but advocating its lynching by an angry mob armed with torches and pitchforks. Not surprisingly, then, after such a critical walloping, Ford has finally decided to say goodbye to the unloved tech, declaring the end of MyFord Touch branding in favor of Sync 3 for its upcoming, all-new system.