The plug-in device will most likely fit onto the OBD II port will provide a host of features without using modems.
Ford Motor Co has disclosed it would be selling a plug-in device which will enable features such as Wifi hotspots, security alerts, remote start and vehicle location assistance on all of its models starting from 2010 to 2016, including its Lincoln cars.
Ford’s device will compete with those sold by companies including Verizon and AT&T that add a Wifi hotspot to older generation cars.
In a statement Ford said, its SmartLink technology will allow old generation cars which do not come pre-equipped with a modem, to be more connected. As a result their doors can now locked and unlocked remotely. Similarly the device will also enable engine management alerts as well.
The after-market device which plugs into the car’s OBD II port located just below the steering wheel, will be available with its dealers from this summer.
Ford did not disclose a price for the device.
By law, all cars built in the U.S. have to have an OBD II port, which historically has been used for onboard diagnostics.
Many car manufacturers have worried that third-party devices will interfere with their embedded systems, introduce more bugs and exploit the collected data for their own benefits.