One of Google’s biggest partners for Android Automotive in the US market is Ford, but the carmaker has just announced that its transition to its Android system is far behind and will be delayed by a few months.
Ford has today started shipping one of its most exciting electric cars, the Ford F-150 Lightning. The electric truck has been one of the more impressive offerings both from a technical point of view and for its affordability. The truck starts at $ 40,000; Electrek has more details about the launch.
In addition to this announcement, however, Ford is also confirming new details regarding their Android Automotive system, which will replace existing Sync infotainment systems. Ford originally said that “millions” of vehicles would support the platform by 2023, but things are going according to plan with “months”.
Ford CEO Jim Farley, comments on the delay The edge, says Ford and Google “are making great strides,” but that the system will eventually be delayed until “later this fall.” Farley said:
We are making great progress. I’m very impressed with the team that Google has created. They have been very accommodating – you can imagine that we do not want a generic solution for the instrument panel for Mustang. We would like line locks to make a burnout. But it’s a little late, so it’s going to be later in the fall.
Another important piece of information that Ford confirmed is that existing Ford vehicles will does not be able to upgrade to Android Automotive. It includes this first batch of F-150 Lightning models that come with the Ford Sync 4 platform. Meanwhile, 2023 models will be delivered with Android Automotive, just like future Ford vehicles.
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