FordPass SmartLink rolls out after delay

After a one-year delay, Ford Motor Co. is offering a plug-in device that adds connected-car technology to older Ford vehicles.

The device, called FordPass Smart-Link, works on 2010 through 2017 models and plugs into the OBD-II port below the steering wheel. It allows remote vehicle starting, locking and unlocking, Internet access via a 4G LTE hot spot, location tracking, diagnostics and driving performance monitoring through the FordPass smartphone app.