• Ford launches its new service, FordPass Connect, in South Africa.
• The app allows customers to control various Ford vehicle functions remotely.
• The new service debuts on the new Ford Ranger FX4.
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The launch of the new Ford Ranger FX4 signals the introduction of FordPass Connect and the FordPass app in South Africa. It is Ford's innovative and convenient connected service, which is now standard on all Ranger XL, XLS, XLT, Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor models, as well as the new Ranger FX4.
FordPass is an app that customers can download on their smartphones, allowing command and control of various vehicle functions remotely once the app has been paired with their Ranger. The app communicates with the FordPass Connect modem that is embedded within the vehicle, regardless of where they are - as long as both the smartphone and the vehicle have internet connectivity.
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This makes it possible to lock and unlock the doors, start the engine to activate the climate control system, find the vehicle's location, and even access information such as fuel level and oil life. The FordPass app also allows the driver to search for available parking within South Africa, find Ford dealers across the country, schedule maintenance and servicing bookings, keep track of past and future services, and view the vehicle's warranty information.
Furthermore, the FordPass app enables direct access to Ford's Roadside Assistance service, which is included as standard on all new Ford models, including the Ranger, for three-years with no mileage limit. It also provides online access to the owner's manual and tutorial videos on key features, while FordPass Connect enables seamless over-the-air updates for the vehicle's software.
The FordPass app has also been developed for use on Ranger models produced from 2017 onwards, providing the selected vehicle's warranty and maintenance details, and the available search functions for dealers, fuel stations, and parking. However, without the embedded FordPass Connect modem, the command and control functions are not available.
Doreen Mashinini, general manager, marketing at Ford South Africa, says: "The attractive new FX4 also spearheads the introduction of FordPass Connect, which adds a wide range of connectivity services to the Ranger line-up. FordPass Connect allows customers to access and control several vehicle features remotely via the FordPass app on their smartphone, bringing an entirely new level of innovation, functionality and convenience to the segment."