Ford has invested heavily in connected vehicle technology and over-the-air update capability in recent years, but there are quite a few benefits for owners as well, including the ability to wake up to new features such as enhanced Amazon Alexa integration and integrated Apple Maps routing capability. OTA updates have been particularly popular among Ford Mustang Mach-E owners, who have thus far proven to be a bit more tech-savvy than the average user. Regardless, it seems that those same folks are in for some major changes related to the EV crossover’s interface over the coming months.
“Mustang Mach-E is due for a major software update later this year that will refresh the entire interface displayed on the screens in the car,” Ford CEO Jim Farley told The Verge in a recent interview. Farley also likened it to a major Apple iPhone update, saying “the whole UX is going to change.” Farley also expressed his desire to roll out more frequent updates moving forward, something that both Apple and Tesla are known for. “We’re still not shipping enough software to the car,” he said. However, Doug Field, who has spent time at both of those companies, “has begun to improve things,” according to FoMoCo’s top executive.
Frequent over-the-air updates are already a staple of Tesla ownership, with smaller bug fixes and new features being rolled out regularly, while more comprehensive interface overhauls and new software are introduced less frequently.
In the meantime, the Ford Mustang Mach-E continues to face heavy demand as The Blue Oval shut down orders for all 2022 models last month. However, the automaker plans to more than double its battery supply and ramp up production to 200,000 units annually by 2023. In the meantime, it isn’t just lower-priced Mach-E models and configurations that are attracting buyers, as the high-performance GT and all-wheel drive are proving quite popular as well.