Ford plans to offer an aftermarket device that will give older models access to new technology like remote start, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and smartphone alerts.
According to the automaker, Ford SmartLink will plug in to the OBD-II port of 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars, allowing access to remote start, lock, and unlock, Wi-Fi access for up to eight devices, and smartphone alerts for vehicle health, security, and location.
The device will have a companion app and web portal so owners will be able to receive smartphone alerts, use the remote functions, or schedule service appointments.
Ford has not yet released any pricing information on the SmartLink device, but it has announced that it will be available this summer at Ford and Lincoln dealerships.
According to Carscoops, the new plug-in is less likely to cause interference than third-party systems.