Ford is expanding its SYNC® connectivity system, adding Apple CarPlay, giving iPhone users access to Maps, Messages, Phone and Music through Siri voice control or touch screen. In North America, Ford is making Apple CarPlay 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.

While ‘Apple Car‘ is still a highly rumored project that really gained momentum last year, Apple hasn’t officially acknowledged its electric vehicle project publicly yet. Instead, Apple executives have cleverly referenced the rumors during media events while Tim Cook has resisted denying the project. The biggest tease to date comes in the form of new car-related domain names registered to the company that are likely related to the so-called Project Titan.

First discovered by MacRumors, Apple Inc. is the company behind three new car-themed domain names registered last month and revealed today. All three domain names, which include,, and, are currently inactive and do not point toward any Apple websites, but the WHOIS registration ties Apple to the domain names which only adds to the likelihood that Apple’s moving forward with its car project.

Aside from Apple’s rumored plans to produce a car in addition to iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches, the company does already have technology in the car space with its iPhone-based CarPlay infotainment feature. CarPlay puts optimized versions of the iPhone’s Messages, Phone, Maps, and Music apps on screens in cars using Siri voice control as the input method.

Apple’s newly registered car-related domains do not point to Apple’s CarPlay site which lists partnered automakers and supported apps, however, which further suggests the new domains are either continued teases or actual domains Apple plans to use in the future. Another possibility is that Apple has picked up the new domain names to prevent others was cashing in on them in the future, but either way the evidence that Apple is developing an electric vehicle is only growing and will surely continue this year.

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Zac Hall

Zac covers Apple news, hosts the 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast, and created