Ford previews Sync 4 infotainment software with OTA updates
The refined technology will begin rolling out next year for redesigned models.
Ford has detailed its next-generation infotainment platform, Sync 4, that will introduce support for over-the-air updates.
The company says it is now a leader in "bumper-to-bumper OTAs" for nearly all vehicle computer modules, though the capability will not begin rolling out until next year -- eight years after Tesla sent its first OTA update to the then-new Model S sedan and sent major automakers scrambling to catch up.
The Blue Oval claims its OTA technology will be the industry's first to work seamlessly in the background, requiring no manual intervention and allowing owners to schedule installations for the middle of the night.
Like Tesla, Ford will be able to remotely tweak under-the-hood firmware, such as transmission control programming, alongside new infotainment features that will be more apparent to drivers.