New Escape is the first Ford vehicle to support Apple CarPlay

CarPlay fans take note: production of the new 2017 Ford Escape is now underway at the Louisville (Kentucky) Assembly Plant.

The new Escape, which goes on sale in May, will be the first Ford vehicle available with all-new SYNC Connect technology, which offers features such as remote start and door locking via the new FordPass platform. It will also be first to offer SYNC 3 featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.