Launched recently in Ireland on the all-new Ford Focus, FordPass Connect onboard modem technology turns the vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot with internet connectivity for up to 10 devices.
FordPass Connect also enables Live Traffic updates for the navigation system as well as providing up to the minute information on the location of nearby service stations, parking and food or leisure options.
Using the FordPass mobile app, a vehicle owner can remotely control some key functions on a connected vehicle including:
- Door lock and unlock – taking away that occasional doubt sparked by the question, ‘did I lock the car?’
- Vehicle locator – helps owners to find their car in large car parks.
- Vehicle status – among other items, it can check fuel levels, alarm status and oil life.
- Remote Start – (vehicles with automatic transmission) provides the ability to de-ice the windscreen and warm the car on cold mornings.
Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland said: “We are delighted to launch the FordPass cutting-edge connectivity on some of our top-selling car and van models such as Focus and Transit Connect. FordPass has great benefits for the average motorist and even more so for the business user who is managing a fleet of vans – one FordPass account can be used to connect with multiple vehicles providing a fleet manager with the ability to remotely monitor a company’s vehicles.”
The FordPass mobile app is available for download for both Apple and Android devices. The Remote Start facility on FordPass has built-in safety elements that prevent the car from being
FordPass Connect is currently available on the latest all-new Ford Focus and Transit Connect commercial vehicles. In the coming months, FordPass Connect will be extended to other vehicles in the Ford range.