Ford Releases SmartLink Connectivity Upgrades for Older Vehicles
2010 to 2016 model Fords can now SmartLink, bro.
Ford has just released that owners of both Ford and Lincoln vehicles from between 2010 and 2016 without modem access can now be upgraded to SmartLink, the American automaker's connectivity service.
Starting this summer, these owners can start bringing in their eligible vehicles for the upgrade, which is apparently simple enough: It's a device that plugs into the car's OBD II underneath the steering column. In turn, the car gets a variety of SmartLink upgrades, including remote start, lock and unlock—all from the owner's smartphone—a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that can handle up to eight devices, vehicle location assistance, and car health and security notifications.
Ford spent more than two years of doing R&D, working with Verizon Telematics and Delphi Automotive, to confirm this upgrade will work with eligible Fords and Lincolns.
According to Raj Nair, EVP of Global Product Development, "We are thrilled to offer this level of convenience and connectivity to our existing customers, extending the value of their vehicles and giving them just one more reason to love their Ford and Lincoln vehicles."
There's no word on pricing since this is an optional upgrade, but given the additional new features, it's a no-brainer.