Ford’s Mustang Mach E gets OTA updates like a Tesla. Can new functions be bought in the future?
The Mustang Mach E is an electric car from Ford, which has hardly anything in common with the sports cars of this name, but has one thing in common with Teslas: there will be over-the-air updates for the vehicle – at the earliest six months after the launch. Most updates will run in the background and may include new features as well as bug fixes, Ars Technica reports.
Ford was also inspired by Tesla’s interior, so that a dominant central display and only a few buttons can be found there. The over-the-air updates are another throwback to Tesla.
The Mustang Mach-E should continue to develop through the updates. Owners of the vehicle should be able to specify that updates are carried out at a specific time, for example late at night, so that the driver does not have to take waiting times for software updates into account during the day. The updates are free of charge, but additional functions are also possible. For example, Tesla offers activation of the seat heating installed on the hardware side at an additional cost. Payment is made in the app.
Porsche wants money for additional functions via software update
At the end of 2017, Lutz Meschke, Porsche’s deputy chairman and board member for finance and IT, had stated that the company plans to unlock functions for future vehicles for money, possibly only temporarily. For example, a module for autonomous driving could be added or another suspension set-up could be purchased for a fee. Meschke also thinks of a dynamic headlight for long night driving that could be purchased temporarily.