By Vincent Hennigan
Ford Sync Specialist
Starting Summer 2017, the new Ford SmartLink platform will allow owners of older Fords and Lincolns to access a wide array of new connectivity features.
Millions of current Ford owners will benefit from Ford SmartLink, a technology that brings new connectivity features to Ford and Lincoln vehicles from the 2010 to 2016 model years.
SmartLink Allows Usable “Upgrades” for Existing Owners
Using a simple device that plugs into the OBD II port below the steering wheel, customers will be able to access:
- Smartphone-based remote start, lock and unlock
- 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capable of accepting up to eight devices
- Vehicle health and security alerts
- Vehicle location assistance
The features will include remote start, lock and unlock, Wi-Fi access capable of hosting up to eight devices, and vehicle health, security and location alerts. These features will be accessible from your smartphone.
Also, the components of Ford SmartLink will include a 4G LTE-enabled OBD II plug-in device, as well as a companion App and Web Portal used to activate remote features, receive alerts and schedule service appointments with the owner’s preferred dealer.
The Ford SmartLink team of engineers is a collaboration with Delphi Automotive and Verizon Telematics. They put in more than two years of research to ensure the technology will work seamlessly with Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
At present, there hasn’t been any cost estimate on this new technology. And, there hasn’t been a specific timeline for release from Ford and Lincoln dealers.
“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.”
More information on this new platform is coming soon.