New Guard Mode is free boost to Ford van security

  • Update to FordPass Pro aims to increase van and pickup security
  • Will alert owners to unauthorised access attempts via smartphone
  • Even works if a stolen key or relay attach is used in theft attempt

FordPass Pro Guard Mode to increase van and pickup security

Ford is launching a new Guard Mode later in 2020 that will offer increased security for Transit vans and the Ranger pickup. And it will come 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.

Once activated, Guard Mode 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 app can manage up to five of them.

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, it will notify you about the vehicle even if someone opens the door or starts the engine using an authorised key.

This is something a conventional alarm system is unable to detect.

It 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 – in the same way.

In this sense, FordPass Pro Guard Mode is really intended for use out of working hours, such as the evenings and weekends.

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 will cost you absolutely nothing – this is a free update, increasing the usefulness of this system, that will simply appear as part of it later in 2020.

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.

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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