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Ford Unveils New 'SmartLink' Technology, Makes Old Cars Smarters

By Jomar Teves , Jan 28, 2017 03:16 AM EST
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With Ford's new innovation, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars each year for the latest vehicle technology. Today, the American automaker has officially introduced SmartLink, a device that plugs into contemporary cars to add some high-tech twist to your everyday driving.

Ford's SmartLink

To use SmartLink, PCMag states that you will have to connect the accessory to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) II port just below the steering wheel of any 2010-2016 Ford or Lincoln vehicle for access to smartphone-based controls that you can use. Ranging from remote start, lock, and unlock, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that is capable of accepting up to eight devices, vehicle security and health alerts, and vehicle location assistance are all features of SmartLink.

"Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent-model-year vehicles by adding some of the today's most popular connectivity features," Stephen Odell, executive vice president of global marketing, said in his statement for SmartLink.

Where To Get SmartLink

Developed in partnership with Delphi Automotive and Verizon Telematics, SmartLink will be available this coming summer at any Ford and Lincoln dealerships across the nation. An official release date was not yet revealed.

The Benefits Of SmartLink

Fusion Energi, Focus Electric, and C-Max Energi owners, meanwhile, are the first one to access the new home-to-car capabilities via Ford and Amazon. Folks who own an Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap can remote start, lock, or unlock doors, and get information on their vehicles even from the comfort of their living room via voice commands.

According to CNET, starting this summer, Ford drivers with Sync 3 is now able to tap into Alexa's skills while driving: they can now play and resume audiobooks, order items on Amazon, and search for or transfer local destinations to the in-car navigation system.

These rollouts came right after Ford and Toyota officially announced the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, which is a nonprofit that aims to give consumers more choices for connecting and controlling mobile apps while on the road.

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