Ford Guard Mode now available as free boost to van security

  • Update to FordPass Pro aims to increase van and pickup security
  • Smartphone alerts to warn owners about unauthorised access attempts
  • Even works if a stolen key or relay attack is used to break in

Ford has launched a new Guard Mode that offers increased security for Transit vans and the Ranger pickup. And it comes as a free automatic software update for customers with the FordPass Pro smartphone app and FordPass Connect on-board modem.

Available on nearly every current Transit model as well as Tourneo passenger carriers, FordPass Pro Guard Mode will even offer some defence against break-ins, key theft and relay attacks. Hopefully this will increase peace of mind for commercial vehicle customers, who have sometimes felt Ford wasn’t doing enough to prevent theft from their vans.

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How does FordPass Pro Guard Mode work?

It’s an add-on for the existing FordPass Pro smartphone app, which is available to download for Apple iPhone and Android devices via the usual app stores.

Ford Pass Pro Guard Mode update - 2021, smartphone app in use

Guard Mode will appear in the FordPass Pro app automatically when it's available for your vehicle, and provides real-time alerts via push notifications, should anyone try to access the doors, open the bonnet or start the engine of the Ford vans and pickups linked to the app.

Designed for owner-operators or small fleets, the FordPass Pro can manage up to five vehicles at a time, stored in a digital garage on your phone.

How does it prevent theft via a stolen key or a relay attack?

Well, it won’t necessarily stop the theft, but it will alert you that bad things are happening. For once you’ve switched the system on via your phone - done via same screen as the lock and unlock function in the app - it will notify you even if someone opens the door or starts the engine using an authorised key.

In other words, the sort of thing a conventional alarm system would do nothing to prevent.

In the same way, Ford Guard Mode also works against relay attacks where an electronic device is used to extend the range of any keyless entry or keyless start system fitted to the van, allowing it to be opened and started even if the keys are safely in your house.

You can use it at any time, but FordPass Pro Guard Mode is really intended for the evenings and weekends, when you might not be keeping a particularly close eye on your vehicle.

How much does it cost?

If you’ve got a van with the FordPass Connect on-board modem and are using the FordPass Pro app already, it costs absolutely nothing – it's a free update, increasing the usefulness of FordPass.

Ford Pass Pro Guard Mode update - 2021, Transit and Transit Custom

In fact, it will be the first such update rolled-out by Ford using the built-in Over-The-Air (OTA) updating process that comes as part of the FordPass Connect package. So you won’t have to visit a dealer or service centre to take advantage of the heightened security it offers.

Ford started rolling the updates out just before Christmas 2020, so you may find you've already got it. It's available for us to use on our Ranger Raptor long-term test vehicle already.

What’s more, while FordPass Connect used to be a cost option on some vans, all compatible Ford van and pickup models will now get this as standard equipment, allowing more people to take advantage of the new Guard Mode and other FordPass Pro features.

Which vans are available with FordPass Pro Guard Mode?

All of the following Ford commercial vehicles are compatible with FordPass Pro Guard Mode as long as they have the FordPass Connect modem installed:

The only van that misses out is the Ford Transit Courier, which isn’t available with FordPass Connect.

Also read:

>> What is FordPass Pro and FordPass Connect?

>> Ford van and pickup reviews on Parkers

>> Keyless van theft on the rise

>> Van theft up 45% in four years

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