Software Update Puts Siri in Millions More Cars

Equipped Ford cars purchased after 2011 can now be set up with Siri.

ByALYSSA NEWCOMB
December 3, 2015, 12:50 PM
PHOTO: The Ford blue oval badge is seen in the grill of a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT.
The Ford blue oval badge is seen in the grill of a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT.
Keith Srakocic/AP Photo

— -- Siri, Apple's voice activated personal assistant, is coming to five million Ford cars through a software update in the vehicles' infotainment systems.

Ford vehicles purchased after 2010 are now eligible for a software update through their SYNC entertainment systems that will bring Siri functionality to their rides. With a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, drivers can ask Siri for help on a variety of tasks -- all while keeping their eyes on the road.

Among some of Siri's helpful features are looking up contacts, making phone calls, setting reminders, playing music, typing and sending text messages and getting directions through Apple Maps.

SYNC, the maker of the entertainment system in Ford vehicles, already allows some owners to start their cars remotely. A statement from Ford said SYNC's ability to handle updates plays a key role in the company's strategy to take the connected car experience to the next level.

Ford owners in the United States can get the Siri update today by visiting Ford's online owners' portal.

Apple officially veered into the automotive world last year when it released CarPlay, a system that lets users link their iPhones to infotainment systems in some cars, allowing them to safely enjoy an iOS experience while driving.

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