Ford is expanding its SYNC® connectivity system, adding Android Auto™, enabling easier and safer access to Google voice search, Google Maps, Google Play Music and more via steering wheel controls and touch screen In North America, Ford is making Android Auto available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will have an opportunity to upgrade later in the year.

For safety reasons, Android Auto’s third-party apps are limited to those that playback media from your phone. At that, they share a pretty consistent user interface. Yesterday, an update to the Audible app added an Android Auto component and other playback features.

Users with Android Auto will see Audible in their list of media apps. The interface is the same as every other music app, but with the next/backwards buttons replaced by fast forward and reverse. Users have the option to play different audiobooks in their library.

The update also allows users to adjust the playback speed of what they are listening to, with increments between 0.5x and 3x. Other updates include a store that provides easier access to top lists, pre-orders, and your wish list. The update is available now from the Play Store and the full changelog is below:

  • Playback speed – you can now fine tune playback speed between 0.5x to 3x
  • Android Auto support
  • Store – easier access to your wish list, best sellers, categories and pre-orders

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