Wireless updates could see performance and technology added to cars after they've left the showroom.
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Ford has announced its new Mustang Mach-E electric SUV will be available with over-the-air technology, allowing some of its software to be updated via the internet or using mobile phone data.

However, while the technology sounds exciting – and Ford will sell the electric SUV as a right-hand-drive model in the UK – it is still no closer to being confirmed for Australia.

Ford introduced its over-the-air tech in late 2019 with its new Sync 4 infotainment system, providing a way for various features in its cars to be updated over Wi-Fi or mobile data.

While over-the-air technology is already used on various makes and models, its application in electric cars allows for a wider range of updates thanks to software-operated battery and electric motor powertrains.

“Nearly all Mach-E computer modules can be updated wirelessly, meaning Ford can deliver performance enhancements and entirely new features that might not exist when customers first take delivery of their vehicles,” Ford said in a statement.

US electric car specialist Tesla is also known for wireless updates to powertrain and other settings in its cars – most recently releasing its Cheetah Stance update.

Ford says most updates can be installed in the background in less than two minutes without requiring the car to be parked, however more complex updates will require the vehicle to remain stationary.

The brand says these more complex updates can be scheduled for a time when the vehicle is not needed.

Ford expects the first Mustang Mach-E updates to roll out within six months of first customer deliveries.

Is the Ford Mustang Mach-E coming to Australia?

Australian plans for the Ford Mustang Mach-E remains unclear. A Ford Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice there is no further update since we last asked.

Last year, CarAdvice reported the Mustang Mach-E would be built in a right-hand drive configuration, however it was yet to be confirmed for Australia.