Ford has announced today that it will start offering over the air updates to some of its latest car models. Using a new service its calling “Power Up”, Ford will be able to administer software updates for the cars base firmware, infotainment and more all remotely. In the past, cars have had to be taken to a dealership for an update.
Now, we all know remote software updates for cars is nothing new. Tesla was the pioneer at this when it started with the Model S back in 2012. Since then, other car manufacturers have been playing catch-up. The other major car company to over OTA updates is Volkswagen for its Mk8 Golf and new ID electric car line.
Ford has two models on sale with the capability for remote updates. The Mustang Mach E and the Bronco SUV, however Ford has said six million cars are out on the road today, which have the ability to be updated remotely.
“It is functionality that can either come through a cellular connection or a wi-fi connection, and a customer can enact this capability right in their own garage, or if their car’s parked at their work.”
Alex Purdy – Head of Business Operations, Ford Enterprise Connectivity
However, it’s not all good news. Ford will be providing the first software update free of charge with the subsequent updates likely to be chargeable.