OTA is making life simpler. With updates that require merely an internet connection, Over-the-Air updates are the catalyst of connected world transformation.


Timmy is late to work, no biggie, it seems the usual. However, today is a little different. He has been putting of the service of his car for six weeks, and his check engine light has started to blink. He can’t risk it, a break down on Freeway 22 could prove catastrophic. Two frantic calls to his boss later, Timmy is on his way to the garage, where he will drop his car off, request and Uber to pick him up, and drop him off at work. If nothing seems too serious with his car, Timmy can pick it up on his way back from work.


There isn’t much to do during the Uber ride to work, so he begins calculations. The average service costs him about $150, the Uber ride to work and back to garage totaled at $60, he’s pretty sure he’d lose half a day’s pay, so it’s best to avoid that math. Dropping the car off to service isn’t doing Timmy a lot of good.


As Timmy gets to work, he sees a missed call from his buddy Bill. Was Bill running late too? He vaguely remembers Bill saying he needed to service his car today too. But Bill is at work already!


“Hey, Bill”, Timmy calls out “Didn’t you have to get your car serviced today?”


“I did,” Bill replies “It took all of 20 minutes.”


“Didn’t you find yourself stuck in traffic on the way to the garage?”


“Garage?” Bill asks puzzled “No, my car services itself before I leave to work.”


Now Bill may not know how this works, but he’s able to save time, money and effort (along with a horrendous, traffic laden trip to the garage) while his car updates itself. Over The Air (OTA) has made it possible for cars to remotely manage themselves, identify errors, make fixes and run automatic diagnostics simply using a data connection.


The 21st century car is not just a motor vehicle, it’s a software powered gadget. 


While gas maybe what runs the car from point A to point B, software is running everything else within the vehicle. OTA allows car manufacturers to identify, update and rectify software led issues with the car, saving automakers more than an estimated $35 billion by 2022.


Integrated with analytics, smart cars give automakers and OEMs an umbrella vision of the performance of their cars that have been delivered to customers. A higher volume of errors with a significant part of the car, can be instantly actioned and updated, much like the updates on a smart phone. Overall, this mitigates car recalls, additional service costs and the need to spend hours identifying and analyzing a complex problem that prevails among all the models of the vehicle.


OTA comes into the picture while rectifying the issue or improving the performance of the vehicle.


You need a connected car and here’s why


An estimated 152 million connected cars are said to be sold by 2020. This in turn means, more cars will be updating themselves while you sleep or while you are at work. The plus side, the queues at the garages might be shorter with fewer people visiting them, but you know how much it cost Timmy!


The connected car and OTA make advancements in your usability, user interface as well as infotainment systems as well. Updates no longer require a serviceman to appear with a pen drive and have the installations made in the car. Your car will tell you when it’s time to update itself and all you need to do it give it a “go ahead”. OTA will manage the rest.


While certain people may be concerned about the security of their car, companies like HARMAN are committed to providing secure OTA updates with Remote Vehicle Updating Service. Overall, HARMAN partners with key auto manufacturers and OEMs to help turn their cars into smart ones. And one of the primary features of a smart car are, (no points for guessing this now), OTA.


The time is now, to save customers their time and money. The Timmys of the world are quickly finding ways to transform their car into a smart one, or upgrade to a connected car, and the beauty of OTA is bound to give them seamless experience each time they drive. The Timmys are looking up to the Bills and transforming their driving experiences. After all, everyone wants to be like Bill!