The latest models of cars help you stay connected to everything. In the era of self-driving cars, there are older models that don’t have the same connectivity. This is why Ford decided to sell plug-in connectivity devices for their older models.
This special device is designed for cars that were released in the last 6 years. With the help of plug-in connectivity devices, users will be able to enable features such as security alerts, vehicle location assistance, remote start, and a Wifi hotspot.
These plug-in connectivity devices will compete with similar devices that are sold by companies like Verizon and AT&T. These types of devices are able to add a Wifi hotspot to the older model cars.
In order to create the plug-in device, Ford used the SmartLink tech. This tech allows cars to have the same connectivity features even though they are not pre-equipped with a modem. The SmartLink technology allows users to lock and unlock the doors remotely. It also enables alerts.
Ford announced that they are going to sell these devices starting this summer. They did not announce the price of the device yet. The connectivity device will be plugged into the OBD II port that is located below the steering wheel.
Every car in the US that was built after 1996 has this OBD II port. This port is used for onboard diagnostics. The companies that produce cars have been worrying that third-party devices might interfere with their systems. They fear that those devices can introduce security bugs and can exploit data like the miles driven.
The plug-in devices that Ford announced are a great idea because they allow all users to stay connected. Despite the fact that the company has been focusing on the future by making self-driving cars, they are still thinking about all of their customers.
Now you don’t have to buy a new model in order to enable features like a remote control. You just have to buy one of these plug-in connectivity devices if you want to stay connected. Now we’ll just have to wait a few more months before we can test the device and see how it works.
What is your opinion about this plug-in device? Would you buy one for your car?
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