The Blue Oval company is as fashionable as it can be, even offering a cool new feature that allows your older Ford or Lincoln model become a relevant, connected ride.
Ford has decided its SmartLink connectivity suite – a competitor to Apple’s CarPlay and the Android Auto – needs to be enjoyed by older cars as well, so the feature will enable Wi-Fi access for up to eight devices for models produced between 2010 and 2016. In addition, the owner of the car will get remote start, lock and unlock, as well as health, security and location alerts. It’s actually simpler than you imagine – they use the Ford SmartLine technology to plug into the OBD II port of the car to establish a connection to the car’s main processor. The company will have the devices at Ford and Lincoln dealerships starting this summer.
“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features” commented Stephen Odell, executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service. The tech has been developed in partnership with Delphi Automotive and Verizon Telematics, but there’s no information yet about models receiving it – or whether it will become available in Europe as well.