by Marty Carlson


Ford has just announced that owners of Ford and Lincoln vehicles from between 2010 and 2016 can now be upgraded to SmartLink, the automakers connectivity service. Obviously, this is for vehicles that don’t already have modern access.

This summer owners can start bringing their eligible vehicles in for the upgrade which is a simple process. It’s a device that plugs into the cars OBD II that is located underneath the steering column. When done, the car gets a variety of SmartLink upgrades, including remote start, lock and unlock – all from the owner’s smart phone – on a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that can handle up to eight devices. It also includes vehicle location assistance, and car health and security notifications.

Two years of R&D has been done by Ford and Verizon telematics with the assistance of Delphi automotive, to confirm this upgrade will work with eligible Fords and Lincolns.

According to one spokesman in charge of the product development, he stated “they are thrilled to offer this level of convenience and conductivity to their existing customers, which also extends the value of their vehicles.”

The Dearborn automaker worked for more than two years with Delphi Automotive and Verizon Telematics to develop the product. Delphi offers Delphi Connect with similar features. Verizon Wireless customers, for example, can purchase the device with 4G Wi-Fi capability for $199.99, plus activation on a cellphone plan and a $5 monthly subscription plan to Delphi.

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