Ford says it is starting to send out over-the-internetto some of its newer models as it moves to offer technology to match electric car maker Tesla
DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford says it is starting to send out over-the-internet softwareas it moves to offer technology to match electric car maker Tesla.
The updates are only available to about 100,000 owners of 2021 model year F-150s, Mustang Mach-Es, and the upcoming Bronco, but Ford plans to spread theare updated. It plans to make 33 million vehicles with the capability by 2028.
Thesoftware glitches in nearly all of the vehicles’ computers, and will be able to make recall repairs, offer new features, and cut warranty claims, said Alex Purdy, the company’s connectivity business director.
Ford says there are about 80 different computers in its most sophisticated vehicles that controlshifts.
Purdy said software can identify potential vehicle problems, and fixes can be sent out if software can solve the problem. “That fix can be done remotely; it doesn’t require you to go into a dealership,” he said.
More than 6 million vehicles have the modems and collect vehicle data, but only those with the latest generation of electrical systems can get full over-the-internet updates. In 2018, Ford Motor Co. started installing modems that link to a cellular network in U.S. new vehicles, and they’ve been on all U.S. models built since 2019. Purdy said that even the base models of the Mach-E, F-150, and Bronco will be capable of getting the updatesFord said that vehiclescles equipped for Ford’s new “Blue Cruise” hands-free driver assist system will get the software needed to run it over the intesaid. Purdy said it wouldn’tfor the modems or require a subscription fee. But that could be .
“We certainly see room forcould enable,” Purdy said.
This story has been corrected to say that about 80 computers can be updated over the air in Ford’Ford’s sophisticated vehicles, not 110.