2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Receive Over-The-Air Updates

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Beyond expanding on the iconic Ford Mustang name, the Mustang Mach-E will also be a way for Ford to showcase the latest technology. Apart from the electric SUV’s high-tech powertrain, the Mustang Mach-E also comes with a cutting-edge infotainment system that measures in at 15.5 inches. In addition to coming with Ford's latest Sync infotainment system, the automaker recently confirmed that the Mustang Mach-E will support over-the-air updates.

Over-the-air updates give consumers much more flexibility. Traditionally, if you wanted to update your car’s infotainment system, you were either out of luck or had to go to a dealer to wait until the service department’s computers completed the update. That won’t be the case with the Mustang Mach-E, as owners won’t have to wait for updates to be done. Ford claims updates will occur in the background, allowing owners to continue to use the infotainment system without any interruption.

Ford expects the over-the-air updates to happen quickly and invisibly, too. Depending on the update, some will only take two minutes to complete. The invisibility aspect of the over the air updates lines up with when they’ll take place. Depending on when owners select a regular update time, which can be in the middle of the night or when the SUV's sitting still while you're at work, the Mach-E will install an update when the vehicle is parked – essentially invisible to the owner. Owners, though, will receive notifications of upcoming updates and, for ones that are expected to take longer, can schedule them to take place at a convenient time.

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“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,” said John Vangelov, Ford Motor Company’s connected services manager.

Updates won’t just be to improve the Sync infotainment system, but for other things, too. Ford claims that nearly all of the computer modules found in the Mustang Mach-E can be updated wirelessly, so the automaker can boost the vehicle’s performance or add new features after consumers take delivery of the vehicle. The first wireless updates for the Mustang Mach-E are expected to begin just six months after deliveries of the electric SUV begin.

While the Mustang Mach-E will be the first vehicle in Ford's lineup to offer over-the-air updates, it won't be the only one to have the feature. Last October, Ford introduced its Sync 4 infotainment system that will support wireless updates. At that time, all Ford said was that it would "begin equipping most redesigned vehicles in the U.S. with over-the-air software update capability" in 2020. Since Ford didn't say what specific vehicles would be getting the feature or provide a hard timeline as to when those redesigned vehicles with Sync 4 would come out, we can't definitively state what other Fords will be able to update wirelessly. But, it sounds like over-the-air updates are something Ford wants the majority of its cars to have.

Ford is just one of the few automakers to introduce over-the-air updates for vehicles. Tesla was one of the first brands to make the feature standard across its entire line of electric vehicles. BMW recently introduced the capability on a few models. Beyond these three automakers, over-the-air updates are still relatively new technology.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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