Older Ford Models Set To Receive Connectivity Upgrades

By James Yu , Jan 30, 2017 10:35 AM EST

Ford has just made an announcement that 2010 models onward will be receiving an upgrade in connectivity. Eligible owners can start bringing in their vehicles and it will be upgraded for them starting this coming summer.

Ford Connectivity Upgrade

According to report, the ones that will be receiving the upgrades in particular are Ford and Lincoln models 2010 to 2016. It was mentioned that the upgrade come in a form of a device that will enable the abovementioned models to have features like Wi-Fi hotspot, remote start, vehicle location assistance and security alerts. In addition, the device will also be able to diagnose the health of the vehicle or in other words give the owners idea as to whether or not their vehicle is still in good condition or in need of servicing.

Optional Connectivity At A Price

The connectivity upgrade is an option that owners of the abovementioned models can opt for. Apparently, there is a port located below the steering wheel called OBD II where the device will be plugged in for the connectivity upgrade. The OBD II port is a primarily used for onboard diagnostics that has been made mandatory by law for vehicles made in the U.S. after 1996. Ford has not yet revealed how much the device will cost but it is expected that a lot of people would certainly be going for an upgrade.

Is The Upgrade Worth It?

For some people, the upgrade in connectivity is certainly something to look forward to since many people have gotten used to new car technology. However, there are those that still prefer to keep things simple in their cars. Whether or not the upgrade is worth it depends on the vehicle owners' preference. In addition, the price of the device will also be one of the factors that will need to be considered by vehicle owners before they actually go for the abovementioned connectivity upgrade.

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