Connectivity in vehicles seems to increase exponentially year over year, and now Ford has developed a way to upgrade your car’s connectivity without having to upgrade the whole car. Ford is introducing SmartLink hardware that can be plugged into a car’s OBD-II port for Ford and Lincoln vehicles from between 2010 and 2016.

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SmartLink has a built-in 4G LTE modem, allowing it to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices in the vehicle. As well, you can take advantage of connected features like remote start, lock and unlock, alerts regarding vehicle health and security, location and service requirements, and more.

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Extensive testing has been conducted to ensure that everything from performance to security is covered. For now, SmartLink is still in pilot trials across the United States but will become broadly available this summer at Ford and Lincoln dealerships. No details on pricing are available at this time.

Adding current connectivity features to older vehicles is a great way to address customer needs. While SmartLink will not bring an older vehicle completely up to date with today’s technology, you no longer need to buy a new car to enjoy connected vehicle features.

 

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