Ford Adds Retroactive Wi-Fi Option as well as also More to 2010–2016 Vehicles
Beginning which summer, current Ford as well as also Lincoln customers will be able to add a host of technology features, including in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi, to their 2010–2016 car or truck courtesy of a brand new system called SmartLink. The retroactive upgrade will be sold at Ford as well as also Lincoln dealerships as well as also can be plugged in to the OBD II port of eligible vehicles.
Ford’s announcement of SmartLink follows closely on the heels of the company’s news which a handful of 2018 design Fords equipped with Sync 3 will offer an in-car Wi-Fi network, a feature which General Motors has provided in many its cars since 2015. As at GM, the 2018 Fords equipped with Wi-Fi will rely on AT&T’s 4G LTE network to support up to 10 devices on the vehicle’s Wi-Fi network. SmartLink, though, will connect users to the internet via Verizon’s 4G LTE network as well as also will support up to eight devices.
While the ability to add Wi-Fi to earlier-design Fords as well as also Lincolns will surely be SmartLink’s most talked-about asset, the tool also integrates using a dedicated smartphone app which allows users to lock, unlock, as well as also start their car or truck remotely. Additional features within the SmartLink mobile app include vehicle maintenance as well as also security alerts as well as also a vehicle location tool. The cost? Ford is usually not ready to talk pricing for the SmartLink hardware or Verizon’s data services.
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Although most 2010 through 2016 Ford as well as also Lincoln vehicles are compatible with SmartLink, there are some exceptions. Ford said the presence of a modem within the 2012–2016 Ford Focus Electric, 2013–2016 Ford C-Max Energi, 2013-2016 Ford Fusion Energi, 2015 as well as also 2016 Lincoln MKC with the Reserve or Black Label package, 2015 as well as also 2016 Lincoln MKZ with the Reserve or Black Label package, as well as also the 2016 Lincoln MKX with the Reserve or Black Label package prevents these vehicles via supporting SmartLink.