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Ford’s EV charging pass follows connectivity in VaaS evolution

Ahead of the reveal of its ‘Mustang-inspired’ SUV, Ford has confirmed that it will be providing new customers with access to the FordPass Charging Network, as a means to assuage range anxiety. Of course, Ford isn’t actually building this network, rather brokering access across multiple providers, but it shows that the automakers are making another step towards providing vehicles-aaS (VaaS). Cellular connectivity to provide in-car media streaming and a WiFi hotspot was the other major recent step towards VaaS bundling, and the flirtations between the automakers and the insurance industry will eventually culminate in a full-blown romance – where driving data enables ‘real-time insurance,’ which is one of the first steps towards fully-fledged ride-sharing and on-demand vehicle access. At that…

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