Ford is enabling high-speed, over-the-air (OTA) updates for its new Mustang Mach-E that can be carried out from anywhere, even from home. Many updates can be completed in under two minutes, and, more complex ones that might require the vehicle to be parked for longer, can be scheduled to take place when customers find it most convenient.
To ensure the all-electric Mustang Mach-E launches with this advanced capability as planned, Ford says its engineering team has continued to find new ways to develop and test the OTA platform while they work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
John Vangelove, connected services manager at Ford Motor Company, says: “The beauty of the Mustang Mach-E is that what our customers experience on day one is just the beginning – it will evolve to add even more features and capabilities over time. Our clever, over-the-air updates also minimize downtime through incredibly fast activation and ensure your Mustang Mach-E is always getting better, even when you’re asleep.”
He adds: “By quickly implementing remote access to our vehicle components, we’re ensuring our Mustang Mach-E customers can enjoy the great capabilities they’ve been looking forward to from the start, while providing the accommodations our engineers need to continue innovating from the safety of their homes.”
Ford says it expects to deliver its first updates within six months after the first Mustang Mach-E vehicles are with customers. Owners will receive notifications detailing the software updates when they are available, which can then be applied using either Wi-Fi or cellular connections, depending on the update.
The Michigan-based company says it will roll-out this technology in all redesigned models in the U.S. during 2020.