Security has become a major feature in car management applications from major car manufacturers such as Tesla, General Motors and Volkswagen, and so as not to be left behind, Progress Ford has intrusion detection feature for its FordPass smartphone app.
Although many people across Europe are staying at home amid the pandemic, car crime remains a problem and is even on the rise in some countries.
Car alarms can help deter thieves. However, in cities where vehicles may be parked on the street all night, owners may ignore the alarm, not realize it is from their car, or not hear it.
Ford has made its enhanced smartphone security system, SecuriAlert (formerly known as Guard Mode), available to first-time car owners.
Once activated, SecuriAlert sends a notification to the car owner’s smartphone if it identifies any vehicle activity, including attempts to open doors or access with a key, providing customers peace of mind when their vehicles are out of sight or out of hearing.
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How Ford’s SecuriAlert works:
Owners activate SecuriAlert when they are away from their vehicle. The feature is quickly and easily turned on or off using the FordPass smartphone app.
Once activated, it uses the sensors in the vehicle to determine if an attempt to enter the vehicle has been made.
Using the onboard modem, FordPass Connect, the car instantly sends a notification to the owner’s smartphone if it detects any activity related to their vehicle.
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The FordPass app reveals the time and cause of any SecuriAlert alarms – via a smartphone – as well as the vehicle’s last known location.
And if an attempt is made to open a door with a key – an action that does not trigger a traditional vehicle alarm – SecuriAlert still sends an alert.
This can be particularly useful in identifying attempts to access a vehicle using a cloned or stolen key.
When the owner returns to his car, he stops SecuriAlert via the FordPass app and continues his journey.
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SecuriAlert was first introduced to commercial vehicles earlier this year. It is one of a group of connected features now available to Ford customers.
In 2020, Ford will offer connected vehicle services free of charge to customers across Europe. In addition, it recently announced a partnership between manufacturers of connected vehicles to warn drivers of dangers across the road ahead.
“We know that our customers care about the security of their vehicle and its contents,” the company said. SecuriAlert builds on Ford’s growing connectivity ecosystem. This is to enable owners to know that if something happens to their car when they are not driving, they will be the first to know.
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