Ford now is offering for free the connected vehicle services of FordPass Connect that are available through the FordPass app. The connected features allow users of the FordPass app to remotely lock and unlock their Ford, start the engine and climate control, and also check fuel level, tire pressure, oil level and the vehicle’s GPS location.
A quick primer: FordPass is the Ford-created device app that contains vehicle information and provides users with Ford-specific information about things such as nearby dealerships, service hours, data about their Fords saved to the app and information such as recall notices for their saved vehicles. FordPass Connect is the connected vehicle services portion of the app — access to these attractive features costs extra after a trial period and could be purchased in one-, two- or five-year subscriptions. Most automakers currently offer a trial period, then require a paid subscription for such services. All current subscribers to FordPass Connect are still in the trial phase, so no customer will have to pay for a service that’s now free.
We’ve enjoyed similar versions of some of these features on our long-term 2019 Genesis G70 through Genesis Connected Services (free for three years, though there have been some issues with how long it takes the app to successfully execute some commands), so this should be a welcome addition for Ford owners and shoppers.
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The FordPass Connect services work only with Fords equipped with a modem, so these features will not be available on all vehicles and if these are features you want, be sure to confirm that the vehicle is properly equipped before purchase. Shoppers who buy a used Ford also will be able to use the service, again presuming it has a modem capable of the necessary functions.
Additionally, the connected services depend on the availability of an AT&T wireless network, so they might not work in an area with poor AT&T coverage. The complimentary status of FordPass does not include the available Wi-Fi hot spot in some Fords; that will still require a separate subscription.
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