Smart cars are the future of the automobile industry, but many people don't know that they need a different type of tuning up. Now almost a half million Ford drivers are dealing with a recall of three of its most popular models for an important update.
The announcement of the recall of 433,000 2015 Ford Focus, C-MAX and Escape models may just be the first in a long line of smart cars that need regular software updates.
The bug in Ford's current software prevented the engine from turning off even if the key is in the ignition. Ford released its own statement addressing the issue and explained that this malfunction is a major violation of a "compliance issue ... regarding theft protection and rollaway prevention."
“The recent recall by Ford involving the engine failing to stop underlines the increasing need for over-the-air (OTA) software updates,” Ken Munro, a director at security consultancy Pen Test Partners, explained to El Reg magazine.
Today's cars are often made with a complex internal computer system. The more that developers try to add to a vehicle's internal computer, the more likely something is to go wrong.
“As manufacturers cram more software into cars, the potential for more security and functionality bugs increases. More bugs = more recalls, which will be a pain for customers and expensive for manufacturers as cars have to go to service centres for patching,” he added.
If you own any of the models listed above, take your vehicle to the closest Ford dealership as soon as possible. The service department will update your software for free and you won't have to worry about your car not turning off when you pull into work or the grocery store.
Hopefully, this incident will convince Ford, and other manufacturers, to consider a Tesla-like system of over-the-air software updates.