The Ford F-150 entered its 14th-generation for the 2021 model year, bringing with it a host of improvements over the outgoing model. Signifying where the industry as a whole is going, the vast majority of these updates involve improved tech features. These include things like the optional 12-inch center display with Ford’s SYNC 4 infotainment system, the all-new Pro Power Onboard generator, as well as Ford’s suite of Co-Pilot 360 Driver-Assist Technologies. In order to bolster and improve the tech-laden pickup truck, Ford has also fit the new F-150 with over the air update capabilities. What does this OTA capability mean for the recently unveiled the new Ford F-150 Raptor? MC&T recently chatted with Ford F-150 Program Manager Tony Greco to discuss.
“Over-the-air updates offer the potential for an even smarter Raptor that can offer even more capabilities in the future; possible upgrades like trail maps or Trail Turn Assist could add even more off-road capability, said Greco in an interview with MC&T. “Customers can control their Raptor with FordPass – a mobile app that can lock or unlock their vehicle from almost anywhere, check tire pressure and fuel level, and allow control of new truck-focused features like Zone Lighting, Trailer Theft Alert, Trailer Light Check and available Pro Power Onboard. Over-the-air updates could evolve FordPass to include unique functionality for trips into the wild.”
Over the air updates are mostly seen as a way to limit unnecessary trips to your local dealership. That said, Greco’s comments highlight why this technology could be very exciting for enthusiasts. More specifically, the idea that the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor could gain features as the automaker expands this system. Greco specifically noted the possibility of trail maps and Trail Turn Assist finding their way to the truck, two features that made their debut on the Ford Bronco off-roader. Trail Turn Assist is particularly interesting, as a torque-vectoring rear axle could dramatically improve the turning radius of the half-ton truck.
Despite the fact that the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor appears to be a stout performer, it is clear that this truck will only get better with age. We can thank Ford and their decision to integrate over the air updates into this platform for that.