Ford has announced that millions of drivers who own 2010-2016 model-year Ford and Lincoln vehicles will be now able to upgrade their vehicles with Ford SmartLink. Vehicles not equipped with modems can access SmartLink via a 4G LTE-capable OBD II dongle that grants drivers access to features including remote start, lock, and unlock via smartphone; 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities for up to eight different devices; vehicle health and security alerts; and vehicle location assistance.
“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “Offering it through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty.”
The OBD II device will be available at Ford and Lincoln dealerships beginning in summer 2017. The device was developed as part of a two-year-plus collaboration between engineers representing Ford, Delphi Automotive, and Verizon Telematics.
“From security to performance, we’ve conducted extensive testing and made a number of improvements to ensure Ford SmartLink enhances the customer experience for our owners,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer.
“We are thrilled to offer this level of convenience and connectivity to our existing customers, extending the value of their vehicles and giving them just one more reason to love their Ford and Lincoln vehicles.”
Ford did not offer details with regards to pricing; more information can be expected leading up to launch later this year.