Ford and Lincoln have introduced a new infotainment system in their vehicles. The Nautilus features a 48-inch panoramic display that stretches across the dashboard, providing critical information directly in the driver’s line of sight. Ford has previously offered similar large screen setups in models sold in China, like the Ford Evos.
Additionally, there is an 11.1-inch touchscreen closer to the driver. This new infotainment system, based on Android Automotive, is branded as the Ford Digital Experience (or Lincoln Digital Experience). It’s first confirmed for the Nautilus but is expected to be available in other models. Additionally, the system supports Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa Built-In, and will soon include video conferencing apps.
Many carmakers are using the Android automotive platform for their systems, including General Motors, Honda, Polestar, Stellantis, and Volvo. So, even though Ford is touting entertainment features include streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible, and iHeartRadio, along with SiriusXM with 360L, the implication should be that these will also be available to all of Ford’s competitors using Google’s software.
The infotainment system is designed with enhanced processing capabilities, improved graphics, and increased memory and storage. It supports 5G connectivity and offers a premium connectivity plan. The system also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot feature. Ford and Lincoln’s approach to the infotainment system includes more in-house software development, allowing for faster updates and the integration of new apps and services over time.