After testing Ford’s connected car app, it’s hard to go back to my regular ‘dumb’ car

It’s official: my old ‘dumb’ car is no longer good enough. Setting aside its seemingly constant need for repairs, sagging upholstery and fading clear coat, what really grinds my gears is its lack of smart connectivity.

Sure, you could argue that a vehicle’s purpose is simply to get you from A to B, and that everything else is an unnecessary luxury.

However, having now spent a weekend experiencing the latest in vehicle smarts via a 2020-model Ford Puma and its accompanying FordPass smartphone app, I’ve come to the realization that these futuristic bells and whistles go a long way towards unlocking a car’s true potential.