Ford is making its FordPass Connect modem, connected services and over-the-air updates standard for the vast majority of its commercial vehicle range in Europe to help operators minimise downtime and maximise productivity.
Previously an option, the FordPass Connect modem is now fitted as standard across the seven core products in Ford’s commercial vehicle line-up, including Ford Transit, Transit Custom and Ranger.
In addition, the FordPass Connect connected services, which enable a range of remote productivity and convenience features via the FordPass Pro smartphone app, have now been made complimentary for owners across Europe.
Over-the-air (OTA) software updates are also now enable for FordPass Connect to wirelessly deliver new features and quality enhancements without the customer being required to visit a dealer or service centre.
The very first new feature to be activated by an OTA update will be Guard Mode, a new security system accessed through the FordPass Pro app. The technology provides real-time monitoring to alert drivers, owner operators and small fleet managers whenever there are potential security breaches within their vehicles.
“Connectivity is the cornerstone of our mission to deliver smart vehicles for a smart world. We recently produced our 100,000th connected commercial vehicle, and expect to deliver our millionth within the next three years,” said Mark Harvey, director, commercial vehicle mobility, Ford of Europe. “We are leading the way with a wealth of innovative new connected vehicle solutions designed to help our customers thrive – no matter how tough the road ahead.”