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Green Car Reports made a list of 5 "geeky" details about the Mach-E. There's a couple of things on the list that I didn't know like the HTML and the cybersecurity team.

1) There are at least two battery “tunes”
The Mach-E has to satisfy those who want a 300-mile range, while also satisfying those who buy the high-performance GT and use it mostly in its high-performance "Unbridled" mode. Within the Extended Range battery option, the team established a dividing line between the rear-wheel-drive version and the all-wheel-drive version, and corresponding differences in the battery design.

“The all-wheel drive delivers the performance, and because of that performance the team even had to design the battery and how the battery’s used a bit differently so that it can actually pull power out faster,” Kaufman said. “So there’s the tradeoff as the team approached it.”

2) It’s a rapid-prototyping prodigy

Under CEO Jim Hackett, Ford has focused more on a strategy of rapid prototyping to get the best designs possible—and even pushing ideas out for testing on consumers very early in the process, when they are just sketches or loose mockups. Kaufman says that a lot of the early work Ford did with rapid prototyping, and in China, helped influence some of the design-interface aspects of the Mach-E, particularly the big 15.5-inch screen size.

Rapid prototyping for the Mach-E’s interface started about two and a half years ago, and early on they learned that customers appreciated still having a volume knob without having to look at the screen. Kaufman said that the clever solution the team came up with involves bypassing a potentially complex switch behind the screen and instead using very small “fingers” behind the knob that press and swipe against a particular zone of the screen.

3) That big screen displays in html!

The so-called Sync 4A system that makes its debut in the Mach-E is different than those in other current Ford vehicles, and rather than being hard-coded like Ford’s previous infotainment systems, it displays in the now-common HTML5, like the device you’re reading this on. Kaufman called it a breakthrough, as it lets the system customize the layout and move some of your most frequently used features to the foreground. It also allows for future upgrades that might completely change the look.

4) There’s a cybersecurity team behind the over-the-air updates

Ford has an in-house cybersecurity team that’s simultaneously looking at complying with privacy laws but also making sure that the systems are being protected. “In some ways I would say it’s probably slowed us down just a little bit from where we’d like to be,” Kaufman said (just after discussing the Mach-E’s capability for regular over-the-air updates). "We take our customer trust very seriously,” he added.

5) Ford’s Autopilot and Super Cruise rival: coming soon over the air?

The Mach-E will be one of the first mass-produced models on the market—Tesla aside—to allow over-the-updates for top-level features like vehicle firmware. Ford expects to offer its first updates for the Mach-E within six months of first deliveries. Kaufman provided a further hint: Within the first six months it will have “an additional Driver Assist capability that can be downloaded.”

Kaufman didn’t say whether that’s alluding to the optional assist system that Ford plans to dispatch to the Mach-E, to rival Tesla’s Autopilot and GM’s Super Cruise, and delivered via electronic purchase. But it sure sounds like it.
 

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3) That big screen displays in html!
The so-called Sync 4A system that makes its debut in the Mach-E is different than those in other current Ford vehicles, and rather than being hard-coded like Ford’s previous infotainment systems, it displays in the now-common HTML5, like the device you’re reading this on. Kaufman called it a breakthrough, as it lets the system customize the layout and move some of your most frequently used features to the foreground. It also allows for future upgrades that might completely change the look.
I certainly hope the updated look and feel comes with an option to use the "classic" mode and the "improved" mode. It's very frustrating to be working in a system that suddenly updates to an "improved" look and feel and you can't find anything. It would definitely be better for the user to control when the switch occurs.
 

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I certainly hope the updated look and feel comes with an option to use the "classic" mode and the "improved" mode. It's very frustrating to be working in a system that suddenly updates to an "improved" look and feel and you can't find anything. It would definitely be better for the user to control when the switch occurs.
I think that would be a good idea if they had that as an option. The only reason I'd see them not doing it is if they're so confident about how easy it is for people to customize the system.
 

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5) Ford’s Autopilot and Super Cruise rival: coming soon over the air?
The Mach-E will be one of the first mass-produced models on the market—Tesla aside—to allow over-the-updates for top-level features like vehicle firmware. Ford expects to offer its first updates for the Mach-E within six months of first deliveries. Kaufman provided a further hint: Within the first six months it will have “an additional Driver Assist capability that can be downloaded.”
I hope Ford take this opportunity to allow us first-year MMe EV early adopters to get the “additional Driver Assist capability” for free.
 

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I hope Ford take this opportunity to allow us first-year MMe EV early adopters to get the “additional Driver Assist capability” for free.
We have heard in a number of videos and interviews that these will be free.
 
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