So.. Some newer Ford’s have
4G LTE modem and the AT&T network
This appears to be a remote one-way “to the vehicle” communication tool and Wifi Hot spot?
I have had two test drives in the last week of a 2017 Escape and Fusion. Both salesmen at both dealers bragged about how Ford ("unlike OnStar") doesn’t charge a monthly fee for you to call 911. “Sync can do it for you”. I ask “will it work without pairing my phone?”. Salesman “No”. (I walk off laughing to myself about how I can just dial 911 on my own without pairing.)
So I have this perfectly capable AT&T LTE modem in my new Fusion and it can’t make an emergency call? I know for a fact with GM I can stop paying for the OnStar and they will still answer a 911 call (from anywhere in the US at least).
So what is up with that?
For the past eight years, Ford has been notable in the vehicle connectivity space for its emphasis on so-called "brought-in" solutions using its SYNC platform. Until now, SYNC has always relied on drivers connecting their phones via either Bluetooth or USB to provide services like 911 Assist and vehicle health reports. Starting in spring 2016, Ford is rolling out a new built-in cellular-connected telematics system dubbed SYNC Connect starting with the 2017 Escape.
Nov 17, 2015
FORBES: Ford Steps Into The Vehicle Telematics Space With SYNC Connect
Edited by ClaveMan, 13 December 2016 - 12:43 PM.