In one word: Ford is rolling out a new connected security system that it hopes will bring added peace of mind to vehicle owners. The smartphone-connected system is called SecuriAlert (formerly Guard Mode) and is rolling out to consumers for the first time after a successful launch with commercial vehicles earlier this year.
When activated, SecuriAlert will send a notification to the vehicle owner’s smartphone if the system detects specific vehicle activity, such as attempts to open a door or even if someone tries to enter with a key.
A traditional alarm system may not be activated by using a key, but SecuriAlert will still send a notification (it is not uncommon for someone to make a copy of your key without your knowledge, or simply steal your primary key and use it to get access to your vehicle).
Additionally, traditional alarm systems often only emit loud noises from the vehicle as a theft deterrent. If you have parked your vehicle far away, you may not even hear the alarm.
SecuriAlert can be activated using the FordPass smartphone app. It uses your vehicle’s existing sensors to detect activity, at which point the vehicle’s on-board modem will send an automatic notification to your smartphone detailing what is happening.
In particular, Ford is only talking about the add-on feature that will be rolled out in Europe. It is not yet known when or if the feature will debut in other markets.
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