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Sync 4 Upgrade for 2020 Explorer

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I hope Ford doesn't screw over the early adopters and say our system isn't upgradeable.
 

NeilD

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This paragraph was in an article in Forbes on Sync 4 and OTA updates.
At the least, it's a sign that the 2020 Explorer ST that is OTA equipped stands a chance to update to Sync 4.

Supporting OTA updates required some substantial updates to the electrical and electronic architecture to execute updates reliably. That means existing vehicles won’t this get capability until they get a major hardware update, so Explorer and Escape customers will have to wait a few years. For the new models that do support it, Ford has incorporated a system that actually downloads and installs updates in the background similar to the way Chromebook computers and most smartphones do today.
Here's the link to the full article.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabu...nment-and-ota-updates-from-2020/#47a085655c0c
 

Brucecris

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In a Facebook forum someone got in touch with Ford R&D and learned that there are no plans to allow a retrofit.
 

Swan

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I’m skeptical of that report. The vertical screen is chosen for Sync4–look at all the images of S4 online. It is clunky as hell with sync3. Not thought out for vertical space. I think we will be able to upgrade.
 

Brucecris

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I tend to agree with you here. I actually have a hypothesis that sync 4 was originally intended to come out w 2020 explorer. I think that when Mach E came into the picture they pushed back launch to cooincide with Mach E.

What we do know is that the Sync 4 system is much more robust in the hardware department. So, does the 2020 come shipped with Sync 4 ready hardware that is running Sync 3?
 
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I tend to agree with you here. I actually have a hypothesis that sync 4 was originally intended to come out w 2020 explorer. I think that when Mach E came into the picture they pushed back launch to cooincide with Mach E.

What we do know is that the Sync 4 system is much more robust in the hardware department. So, does the 2020 come shipped with Sync 4 ready hardware that is running Sync 3?
We can only hope. Sync 3 is close to worthless.
 

merco

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Dear Ford Software: I've taken the liberty of designing how I think the reverse screen should look to take advantage of the portrait monitor. We should be able to touch any view to have it take over the entire screen. You're welcome!
 

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I believe the 10” display is capable and planned for the upgrades. At least that’s what I was told by Ford at the Portland International Auto Show.
 
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Not sure if it’s been released yet but the statement “Unfortunately, 2020 models sold before the Sync 4 release next year will not be able to be upgraded to run the new system” is what I was referring too. That’s frustrating.


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I'd be extremely surprised if 2021 Explorer gets Sync 4. Ford has it's hands full just producing these. It's been almost a year and no OTA updates? Sync 3/carplay/android auto still buggy as hell and unoptimized?

I wouldn't feel bad. The Explorer will likely get Sync 4 at the mid-cycle refresh. That's a long ways off.
 


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