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Hey folks,

Wee question for you.   I have a 66 plate 2017 car, Im toyign with yousing Cyan labe and updatign to the newest version of SYNC 3.x.  Is there any benefit to it, are there extra voice commands or functionality, or is it simply cosmetic?

My brother has a 20 plate Kuga and is on Sync 3.2 or 3 I think it was, it looks a little nicer, but wasnt sure if it did anything extra.

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Cosmetic, and perhaps a bit snappier. I went the Cyanlabs route and I think the updated UI looks a lot nicer. It doesn't add new functionality though (except map updates if you do them at the same time). 

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3 hours ago, erictcleric said:

Cosmetic, and perhaps a bit snappier. I went the Cyanlabs route and I think the updated UI looks a lot nicer. It doesn't add new functionality though (except map updates if you do them at the same time). 

Cool, thats what I thought.  I do the map updates from the Ford site, so far havent had any problems. , well, other than the length of time you have to idle whilst running the engine to do them (not really travelling much these days 🙂

I've contemplated the Cyanlabs route, but am quite nervous that if something goes wrong then thats the thing gubbed.  Kinda keeps me wary enough to just use the Ford maps update, especially if its purely cosmetic changes too.

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Other than the length of time it takes to do the full upgrade I've had no issues with the Cyanlabs updates. If you do bite the bullet then plan for at least an hour, so either go for a bit of a drive or have the ignition on/engine off and the battery connected to a charger. 

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10 hours ago, erictcleric said:

Other than the length of time it takes to do the full upgrade I've had no issues with the Cyanlabs updates. If you do bite the bullet then plan for at least an hour, so either go for a bit of a drive or have the ignition on/engine off and the battery connected to a charger. 

Cool - thanks pal 🙂

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I have used Cyanlabs to upgrade my Sync 3.0 to Sync 3.4 with the latest maps and, apart from the appearance, which I think is far better, I gained radio logos on DAB and FM and also, when using Android Auto with Google Maps or Waze, the directions are echoed to my dashboard. It was easy to do, just factor in a drive of about 1 hour to complete the process.

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On 6/24/2022 at 9:36 AM, Paulius55 said:

I have used Cyanlabs to upgrade my Sync 3.0 to Sync 3.4 with the latest maps and, apart from the appearance, which I think is far better, I gained radio logos on DAB and FM and also, when using Android Auto with Google Maps or Waze, the directions are echoed to my dashboard. It was easy to do, just factor in a drive of about 1 hour to complete the process.

Thats good to know that there is some new functionality (DAB logos & the navi data from the smart phone appearing on the dash).   I think I will take the plunge.

 

Though, what if for some reason the upgrade craps out, is that the whole thing bricked, or is it a case of using the reformat option again?

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It will be fine, and if it does turn in to a brick have you seen the cost of houses ?  you'll get a good price for it 🤣

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OK, another question I should have asked.  Android auto navigation appears in the dash screen, does the same happen with Apple CarPlay?

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I don't know is the short answer, I hate anything to do with Apple so not something I've ever looked in to. There will be iPhone uses on here who should be able to advise.

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Had another thought, my car has the self parking feature.  Will that still work after upgrading to 3.4?  

Might sound like a daft question, but the instructions etc appear on the screen.

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Yes, should all work after the upgrade. I didn't lose any functionality: reverse camera, self park, climate, steering wheel controls, etc., all work fine. 

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3 hours ago, erictcleric said:

Yes, should all work after the upgrade. I didn't lose any functionality: reverse camera, self park, climate, steering wheel controls, etc., all work fine. 

OK, cool.  I'm quite an unlucky guy and have to do everything the hard way, so thought I'd ask the silly question.  Wherabouts are all these functions programmed?

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Your car has over 20 different modules, each is programmed for the task they control.

PCM - Parking Control Module

BCM - Body Control Module

DDM - Drivers Door Module

PDM - Passenger Door Module

ECM - Engine Control Module

APIM - Accessory Protocol Interface Module

You get the general idea the list goes on and on. The Sync screen is just a means of viewing

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Great, thanks Unofix for explaining.  I guess I really need to better understand my car for a start too...... OK, so, now I know that the existing functions wont be affected, I think I'll go ahead and upgrade to 3.4.....just need to drive about for an hour..... 🙂

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Whether you get it from Ford or cyanlabs the software will be the same, however Ford will only ever offer you the 'official' version for your VIN, cyanlabs allows to to put 3.4 on cars it wasn't intended for. If you go to 3.4 from an earlier version with maps the reformat route is the quickest, take note of the warning for MY20 units.

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2 hours ago, Hearsepilot said:

Whether you get it from Ford or cyanlabs the software will be the same, however Ford will only ever offer you the 'official' version for your VIN, cyanlabs allows to to put 3.4 on cars it wasn't intended for. If you go to 3.4 from an earlier version with maps the reformat route is the quickest, take note of the warning for MY20 units.

Yeah I figured that, I just wasn’t sure about all the other functionality, i had the thought that the sync might have had some hand in the auto park feature…..Unofix explained that though. 

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