Tech giants and car makers are teaming up. They’re working to bring more tech and connectivity to modern vehicles. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now common features in many new cars. Google and Ford, in particular, made a splash in 2021 with their collaboration.
Ford made a big announcement recently. They’re planning to showcase the fruits of this partnership in their 2024 vehicles. The new “Ford and Lincoln Digital Experience” is what they’re calling it.
Originally, Ford was set to transition to an all-Android system in 2022. The aim? To replace the company’s Sync infotainment systems. But, things didn’t go as planned. Ford admitted they were behind schedule and pushed the plan to 2024.
According to 9to5Google, the new Digital Experience will soon be available. It’ll be featured in Ford and Lincoln vehicles, starting with cars launching this month. The system is powered by the Android Automotive operating system. This allows Ford to offer a variety of features and services tailored to customer needs.
The Ford Digital Experience is set to debut in the company’s 2024 vehicles. It’s packed with features. Think voice commands, navigation, entertainment, and more. Users can download games and apps via the car’s infotainment system. Ford even lets users access Alexa and Amazon Prime Video on the move. There’s also a Ford-exclusive version of the racing game Asphalt Nitro 2. You can play it when the vehicle is parked.
Ford claims the new Digital Experience is their fastest infotainment system yet. It’s got over five times faster main processing and nearly 14 times faster graphics processing. The Ford or Lincoln Premium Connectivity plan is powered by 5G wireless technology. Passengers can also access a Wi-Fi hotspot.
One of the biggest upgrades? Independent software updates for apps and system-level updates. Users can now update their apps via Google Play. Other updates will be pushed through vehicle software updates. Ford says this allows customers to benefit from new apps from third-party developers.
The Digital Experience might vary depending on your car screen size. But the basics are the same for all customers. The 2024 Lincoln Nautilus will be the first to get the new system. The Lincoln Nautilus boasts a 48-inch 4K panoramic display and a smaller 11.1-inch touchscreen.