The LA Auto Show begins this Friday, November 20th and runs through the 29th. And ahead of the show, Ford has decided to announce a new LTE-Based service for their vehicles, in Sync Connect. This new product will first be available in the 2017 Ford Escape which is due to be unveiled this week. Now adding internet connectivity isn't necessarily new for Ford vehicles, as many of them already have WiFi support. However, bringing LTE to their cars means that you'll be able to use an app on your phone to remote lock or unlock the car, remote start, and so much more. Including finding where you parked. Which can be a task if you parked at the airport and was gone for a week.
Now Ford isn't first to include LTE in their cars, actually GM was first and they have a partnership with AT&T (AT&T adds around a million cars to their network each quarter). But Ford didn't want to be last.The choice to add Sync Connect to the 2017 Escape first is due to the fact that it is a mainstream vehicle for the auto-maker. Additionally, Ford plans on making it available on other mainstream vehicles very soon.
Ford's Sync Connect works with AT&T LTE connectivity as you'd expect. Sync Connect will include five years of free service, it's important to note here that Ford isn't commenting on what may happen after those five years are up, but for most of us, that five years should be enough to cover the time we'll have the car. Especially if we lease it from the dealer. Sync Connect will connect with a new app that will work on both iOS and Android and provide a bevy of features. Including viewing vehicle diagnostics, parking location and so much more. Making your car a connected one, and for free, basically.
4G LTE has been the new feature that car makers want or need in their new cars. While only AT&T has really stepped up, along with GM's Chevrolet, you can bet that there will be plenty more competition here from the other carriers as well as manufacturers.