Ford Introduces Over-the-Air Software Updates

Ford’s OTA technology will be able to work overnight and in the background. (Photo: Ford)

Over-the-air software updates will keep vehicle technologies current.

In 2020, Ford will begin equipping most redesigned vehicles in Canada and the U.S. with advanced over-the-air update (OTA) technology, making it easy to wirelessly upgrade vehicles with quality, capability and convenience updates that can reduce dealer trips.

“We can now help improve your vehicle’s capability, quality and overall driving experience while you’re sleeping,” said Don Butler, Executive Director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company.

Some updates will be virtually invisible to customers since they will be installed in the background. Ford says they can keep a vehicle’s current software running until the new version is ready for activation.

“Computer updates that require reboots seem to come at the most inconvenient times, which is why we wanted to make our updates as invisible to customers as possible,” Butler added.

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