Imagine a world in which you could talk to your Ford about your wants and needs, and it could, to a certain extent, take care of them for you? Say, it’s snowing and you want to get into a vehicle that’s toasty warm. Or you need help finding where you parked. Those and many other perks are now a reality.
Ford has launched Ford Remote Access, giving you the ability to access some key vehicle functions from your iPhone or Android smartphone. This includes being able to control certain functions of your Ford vehicle, asking it to remotely lock, unlock or start from anywhere there is Wi-Fi or cellular service. And we mean from across the street or even from across the country.
“Having a vehicle that’s capable of a two-way conversation can give drivers peace of mind,” said Mouhanad Dahabra, Ford Global Electrical Commodity Manager. “That’s the whole idea behind it.” Think of it as having a virtual keyfob. And the app can even provide email or text security alerts if your Ford is being accessed when you are out of town or away from it.
Mouhanad and Jeff Daugherty developed the Remote Access app as a convenience feature that “lets you check in with your vehicle anytime, from almost anywhere,” Mouhanad explained. The Genuine Ford Accessories hardware is available through, and must be installed by, an authorized Ford dealer, but it won’t require cutting any wiring. And it’s available for these models: 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Flex, as well as the 2011-2014 Ford Edge, Explorer, F-150 and Super Duty.