Owners of the all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E won’t need to experience the fear of not being up to datet, thanks to over-the-air updates continuously improving the SUV over the vehicle’s life.
Unlike some other cars that require owners to wait while a software update takes place, Ford has developed a way to allow secure updates to download in the background, and in some cases, can be completed in under two minutes.
These improvements go way beyond SYNC® updates. Nearly all Mach-E computer modules can be updated wirelessly, meaning Ford can deliver performance enhancements and entirely new features that might not exist when customers first take delivery of their vehicles.
Some installations will be virtually invisible to customers, who can select a regular time – such as the middle of the night – for updates while their Mach-E is parked. Many updates will be completed almost instantly after a customer starts their vehicle, while in-vehicle alerts will tell them what improvements have been installed.
Many can be completed in under two minutes, and more complex updates that might require the vehicle to be parked for longer can be scheduled to take place when customers find it most convenient.
Ford 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.
Although current Retro EV conversions have as more limited amount of configurable ECU’s, which need to be connected directly to a laptop to programme, it’s likely that over the air connectivity will start to find it’s way to conversions in the future.
Smart devices such as Theo are already available for more modern vehicles, allowing access to the vehicles information systems and allowing customers to wirelessly connect to their cars. It’s only a matter of time before this software will be incorporated in Retro EV builds, allowing you to monitor the health of the powertrain and even change the parameters of the power deliver on the go.