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Ford Mustang Mach-E will support Tesla-like over-the-air updates

Mustang Mach-Es could continuously receive new features long after the SUV leaves the dealership.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Sean Szymkowski
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

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Over-the-air updates aren't totally uncommon these days, but Tesla is often the poster child for the function. The electric carmaker very often pushes new updates ranging from performance improvements or even karaoke support via an OTA software update.

Ford won't be left behind, and it detailed near identical functions included in its upcoming electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E. On Tuesday, the automaker said OTA updates will be a big part of the SUV and noted it's almost certain the Mustang Mach-E will have features it didn't possess when it left the factory.

The Blue Oval isn't just touting the core technology, it promised these updates will often occur without the owner noticing for a super-seamless presentation. Mustang Mach-E drivers can set a particular time for the updates to occur, and many will take fewer than two minutes to install. Some will even be instant once the driver silently fires the electric SUV up.

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When an update finishes, drivers will always receive an in-car notification detailing what changed. These improvements could range from Sync updates for infotainment purposes or to one of the numerous computers onboard the Mustang Mach-E. Ford said almost every single computer accepts wireless updates.

The first updates will come within six months of Mustang Mach-E production, but what Ford has planned for them remains to be seen. Even for those that don't go home with the electric SUV, more Ford vehicles will support OTA updates this year as part of a wider Sync 4 system. Perhaps Ford will be first to tap into some of Tesla's techy cache.

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