Why Ford Explorer Tech is So Popular with Siri, CarPlay & Android Auto

The Ford Explorer is one of the most popular SUVs on the market. Built in the Chicago Assembly Plant in Illionios, it packs a lot of power, space and seats seven. The 2018 Ford Explore will have more tech options than ever, giving this power horse, even more tech power. For those who like to stay connected constantly the 2018 Explorer will enable 4G connections and up to 10 Wi-Fi hotspots.

In the 2018 Ford Explorer there will be available remote connections through the SYNC Connect via the Ford Pass app with remote lock/unlock, vehicle locationg and diagnostics.

SYNC3 is designed like many smartphone interfaces, it’s clean and easy to use. In the summer of 2016 Ford updated all of its vehicles to have SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system allows for over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi will help ensure it keeps up with the latest technology. iPhone users can use Siri to ask questions while driving.

Apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services have been available through SYNC AppLink.

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Android Auto is available on devices with Android 5.0 and higher and similarly delivers Google Maps and music to a car’s screen while enabling voice controls for phone calls and messaging.

The Ford Exlporer has youth appeal. The Ford Explorer Sport has higher percentage of Gen X buyers than all other non-luxury brand midsize SUVs in the United States, according to new vehicle customer study by MaritzCX.The  Explorer Sport is as a favorite for professional Gen-Xers (born 1965-78). The average Ford Explorer Sport buyer has household income of $175,000, versus $112,000 for average midsize SUV buyer.

Ford notes that when car buyers look at Explorer Sport, they see all the style and performance of a luxury SUV, but at roughly $20,000 less.

Since large vehicles can be tricky to park, the parallel and perpendicular parking features are very desireable. For outdoors lovers the dual-panel moonroof is a popular option.

With the 2018, Explorer also offers the Safe and Smart Package that  includes:

  • Lane-keeping system automatically detects left- and right-hand road lane markings using front camera system.
  • Auto high-beams use windshield-mounted cameras to automatically switch between high-beam and low-beam settings when oncoming traffic is detected.
  • Rain-sensing wipers.
  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar to detect moving vehicles directly ahead, and changes cruising speed if necessary.
  • Blind Spot Information System uses radar to trigger a warning when another motorist is in the driver’s blind spot.

There are rumors that future incarnations of the Ford Explorer will be hybrid due to trademark filings.Camofoulged Ford Explorers have been seen with major design changes, expected for 2019.