We now live in a connected world, with a fast-developing technology known as the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to how computers and internet connectivity are now being built into a variety of objects they never were before, such as fridges, thermostats and even cars.
Ford is not one to be left behind in the technology race, which is why we now have the FordPass app to enhance your vehicle experience. But what is it, and how it can it help you? We’ve got the answers to some of the most common questions.
What Are the Benefits of the FordPass App?
The FordPass app is software that you can install on your smartphone. It gives you access to information about your vehicle, in addition to giving you some extra control, such as remote starting or even extra benefits such as FordPass Rewards.
While it’s not necessary to have FordPass to operate your vehicle, it can add a lot of convenience when you're trying to do things like recall where you parked or even start your vehicle while you're not in it.
What is SYNC Connect?
SYNC Connect is an additional reinforcement of internet connectivity by building a modem right into your vehicle. In other words, even if you’re not at home, you have an internet-ready modem in your vehicle itself. This is in addition to allowing you to make full use of the most advanced features of the FordPass app through FordPass Connect.
What are FordPass Rewards and How Do I Get them?
FordPass Rewards are points you can earn through buying Ford vehicles or getting repair work done on your vehicle. These points can eventually be redeemed for discounts or other special offers and awards. All you have to do is sign up for the program and you’re in!
Which Models Have FordPass App?
To use FordPass, a SYNC Connect vehicle is preferred. The FordPass compatible vehicles are from 2017 onward, including:
- Ford Escape Titanium
- Ford F-150 King Ranch/Platinum/Limited/Lariat Luxury/Raptor Luxury
- Ford Fusion Platinum and Platinum Hybrid
If you have one of those listed vehicles, then you get the FordPass app with SYNC Connect as a standard part of the package. However, other trims within these models may allow you to include SYNC Connect and full FordPass app functionality as an optional upgrade if you request it and work it into your budget.
How Can I Remote Unlock My Vehicle?
If you have a FordPass Connect vehicle linked to your FordPass app, you can access the app and remotely unlock the vehicle by accessing the app. Unlike other remote unlocking options, you don’t have to be near your vehicle for this to work.
Can FordPass Locate My Vehicle?
With a SYNC Connect-enabled vehicle linked to a valid FordPass Connect account and FordPass app, your car will remember its parking location and indicate its position on the app.
Do You Have to Pay for FordPass?
The FordPass cost in Canada is free for you to install on your phone. However, some of the additional services that make full use of the app, such as FordPass Connect services using the modem, will require a subscription.
How Do I Use FordPass to Find and Reserve Parking?
Participating cities and parking services within those cities allow you to find and reserve parking ahead of time if they are highlighted on the FordPass App.
Does FordPass have remote start? How Can I Use Scheduled Starts for Vehicle Controls With FordPass?
Yes. For example, let’s say you have a regular work schedule, and it’s winter, and you’d like to warm up your car before leaving. You can program your FordPass app to start your car at an appointed time or even do so remotely whenever you like.
Does My Vehicle Have Wi-Fi Hotspot and How Do I Connect to It?
If you have one of the SYNC Connect-enabled vehicles that allow you to take advantage of FordPass Connect services, then your vehicle is capable of becoming a Wi-Fi hotspot. You must have an active data plan that provides coverage to your Ford vehicle.
If all of these conditions are met, then you only need to navigate your touchscreen, swiping left until you get to “Wi-Fi & Hotspot” and choose “Vehicle Hotspot,” ensuring that Wi-Fi is turned on. Input your password, and you’re on the internet.
To find the internet-compatible car of your dreams, visit us at Bayfield Ford.