The head of Ford’s smart mobility division is promising that nine out of ten of his companies new vehicles will have connected-car technology by 2020.
Yahoo reports that Mark Harvey told an event at the Commercial Vehicle Show that more than 90% of its production will be connected. His comments come two weeks after Ford announced that the new Focus would be the first passenger car to carry the FordPass Connect system which allows a user with a smartphone app to view a multitude of vehicle parameters, ranging from fuel level and location to door locking and diagnostic fault codes.
“There’s an electronic network on the vehicle that’s monitoring lots and lots of data and there is a huge amount of data in there,” Yahoo quotes Harvey as saying. “What we’re trying to focus down with FordPass Connect is the stuff that’s of value to the customer and in terms of the overall ownership experience.
“At present, the FordPass app allows you to put destinations in – we use HERE Mapping – and when you plug your phone into your vehicle, it will ping that destination directly to the sat nav. It can also send you recall notices and it’s got dealer details, and certain dealers will let you ring through to book an appointment.
“With FordPass Connect, you’ll have the ability to lock and unlock remotely, check the fuel level and so on.”
Yahoo adds that Harvey was also quick to address potential concerns about data protection, claiming that the company, which currently makes some of Britain’s most popular cars, was “absolutely on top of data privacy”.