2023 Ford Ranger, Everest: 16,000 vehicles need software update for highest ANCAP safety score

2023 Ford Ranger, Everest: 16,000 vehicles need software update for highest ANCAP safety score

More than 16,000 new Ford Ranger and Everest owners will need to return to the dealer for a free software update if their vehicle is to qualify for the maximum safety rating.

The 2023 Ford Ranger ute and Ford Everest four-wheel drive have achieved high marks in ANCAP safety tests – provided more than 16,000 new owners return their vehicles to the dealer for a free software update.

The five-star ANCAP safety ratings announced today for the Ford Ranger and Everest include high scores in the Safety Assist category – which assesses the vehicle’s advanced safety systems, including lane-keeping assistant that ensures vehicles don’t stray from their lane.

The Ford Ranger and Everest were awarded near or full marks for their lane support systems, but only if free software was installed by a Ford dealer, which is required for the vehicles to meet ANCAP standards regarding how lane is maintained. assistance system is activated.

About 15,500 Ranger cars and 800 Everest 4WDs are affected, all manufactured before August 20, 2022. Samples built after this date will already have the update installed.

The software update will be completed by dealers “with the peace of mind for free,” says Ford Australia.

ANCAP protocols require the lane-keeping system to activate automatically each time the driver starts the car – and disabling it takes more than just a short click, either by holding the button, or for driver confirmation.

However, Ford says Ranger and Everest vehicles built before August 20 will not meet this requirement — without the software update.

“The minor software configuration update should ensure that if the driver chooses to turn the Lane-Keeping System (LKS) ‘off’, it will automatically go back to ‘on’ the next time the vehicle is started; and before LKS is turned off, the driver is asked to confirm that action in the instrument panel,” a Ford Australia spokesperson said Motive.

“The vehicles have all LKS functionality as standard, but require the software to be ‘on’ by default on every key cycle to comply with ANCAP standards.”

A company spokesperson told Motive Ford Australia “is working with dealers to update the software on affected vehicles as soon as possible.”

It’s also unclear whether all new Everests – with deliveries expected to begin next week – will have the update installed when owners take delivery, or if the update will be made available to the Ranger Raptor, which is not covered by the five star overall ANCAP rating.

In ANCAP testing, the Ranger received 3.5 out of four possible points for its lane assist system, while the Everest earned the full four.

ANCAP’s technical report suggests this is due to the lack of rear radar sensors in Ranger cab chassis models – which are necessary to prevent drivers from changing lanes in the path of cars in their blind spots. Everest has these sensors as standard on all models.

To qualify for a five-star overall safety rating from ANCAP – according to the most recent criteria – vehicles must score 70 percent or higher in the Safety Assist category (since the overall rating is derived from a car’s worst-performing category).

With the lane assist software update installed, the Ranger and Everest earned 83 and 86 percent respectively in the Safety Assist category.

However, if the software update had not been planned by Ford Australia and theoretically applied a zero rating to the lane assist systems, both vehicles would have a Safety Assist rating of 61 percent, earning them just four stars.

While the new Ford Ranger and Everest support over-the-air downloadable software updates, the security update will be installed by Ford Australia dealers during the free ‘peace of mind’ service, which takes place a few months after ownership.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributing journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from browsing car magazines at a young age to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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