Ford delays Android Automotive systems and confirms older models can’t be upgraded

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One of Google’s biggest partners for Android Automotive in the US marketplace is Ford, but the carmaker has conscionable announced that its modulation to its Android strategy is good down docket and volition beryllium delayed by a fewer months.

Ford has contiguous started shipping 1 of its astir breathtaking electrical vehicles, the Ford F-150 Lightning. The electric-powered motortruck has been 1 of the much awesome offerings some from a method standpoint and for its affordability. The motortruck starts astatine $40,000; Electrek has much details connected the launch.

Alongside that announcement, though, Ford is besides confirming caller details regarding its Android Automotive strategy which volition regenerate existing Sync infotainment systems. Ford primitively said that “millions” of vehicles would enactment the level by 2023, but things are moving down docket by “months.”

Ford CEO Jim Farley, commenting connected the hold to The Verge, says that Ford and Google are “making a batch of progress” but that the strategy volition yet beryllium delayed to “later successful the Fall.” Farley said:

We’re making a batch of progress. I’m precise impressed with the squad that Google has enactment successful place. They’ve been precise accommodating — you tin ideate that we don’t privation a generic solution for the instrumentality sheet for Mustang. We want, like, enactment fastener to bash a burnout. But it is somewhat delayed, truthful that’ll beryllium aboriginal successful the fall.

Another important spot of accusation Ford confirmed is that existing Ford vehicles volition not be capable to upgrade to Android Automotive. That includes this archetypal batch of F-150 Lightning models, which volition vessel with Ford’s Sync 4 platform. Meanwhile, 2023 models volition vessel with Android Automotive, arsenic volition aboriginal Ford vehicles.

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