In an Instagram post, Ford Mach-E Vehicle Engineering Manager Robort Iorio confirms that Mustang Mach-E will not have a feature similar to Tesla’s famous Sentry Mode at launch, but that it may be available in an over-the-air update.
Introduced in February 2019, and available on all Tesla models, Sentry Mode monitors the environment around a car when it’s parked. When enabled, Sentry Mode enters a “Standby” state, like many home alarm systems, which uses the car’s external cameras to detect potential threats. If a minimal threat is detected, such as someone leaning on a car, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alert” state and displays a message on the touchscreen warning that its cameras are recording. If a more severe threat is detected, such as someone breaking a window, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alarm” state, which activates the car alarm, increases the brightness of the center display, and plays music at maximum volume from the car’s audio system.
If a car switches to “Alarm” state, Tesla owners will also receive an alert from their mobile app notifying them that an incident has occurred. They’ll be able to download a video recording of an incident (which begins 10 minutes prior to the time a threat was detected) by inserting a formatted USB drive into their car before they enable Sentry Mode.
Even though Mustang Mach-E is available with at least 4 cameras to give it a 360-degree view, and additional cameras in the windshield for Co-Pilot360 2.0 and Active Drive Assist, for now, they cannot be used to monitor the vehicle and its surroundings while parked. However, Iorio states the feature may be enabled by a future over-the-air update.