Ford to introduce 4G connectivity under Vodafone partnership
Ford is linking up with Vodafone to bring 4G connectivity to vehicles in Europe using a new built-in modem.
Announced at Mobile World Congress, the new FordPass Connect built-in modem will offer Wi‑Fi hotspot capability for up to 10 devices, using Vodafone’s global SIM and Internet of Things platform.
Teamed up with the FordPass app, this will also enable drivers to lock and unlock their car doors remotely from virtually anywhere in the world; and check information including fuel and oil levels, tyre pressure, battery life, the odometer, whether the alarm is sounding, and the vehicle’s location on a map. The Live Traffic feature will offer drivers real-time updates and re‑route them away from congestion.
Ford will also use the built-in modem to provide eCall services alongside its standard Emergency Assistance for vehicles not equipped with FordPass Connect.
The new service will be offered on select 2018 Ford vehicles fitted with the appropriate hardware, and a wireless service plan is required. The technology will be rolled out first in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.