It was just two years ago when Ford pledged that all its new vehicles would have 4G LTE. or some other connectivity baked in by the year 2019, and now the company has announced its FordPass service and app is live in Mzansi.
The FordPass Connect consists of a plug-in LTE modem and Ford’s companion smartphone app, and together they can bring new XL, XLS, XLT, Wildtrak, FX4 and Ranger Raptor models from February 2021 production and even Ranger models from 2017 up to speed with the cutting-edge in in-car tech.
On the connectivity side, the system relies on a 4G LTE modem that plugs into the ODB-II port below the steering wheel. Through that, it gains access to the car’s engine management, security, and other systems. It also could work as a WiFi hotspot.
Other than the usage of mobile data for the user’s smartphone, there are no data costs associated with the FordPass Connect modem, which connects to the cloud via the 4G mobile network.
With the companion app, a wide range of information about the car’s systems is then unlocked. For example, drivers will be able to see the car’s location on a map in real-time, along with getting a read-out on the health of the vehicle’s systems. They’ll also be able to remotely lock and unlock the car.
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