With cars becoming much like other connected devices, it’s only natural for their owners to expect their software to be easy to update. Can you imagine being required to visit your local smartphone or tablet store nowadays, only to have the latest firmware or application version installed? Similarly, consumers will soon no longer be willing to accept the need to manually download automotive software updates and having to visit the nearest dealership to have them applied.
An effective way for car manufacturers to cope with consumer expectations for updating ease is to implement remote OTA firmware and software update technology. Given the mounting costs of software-related recalls and warranty service, over-the-air updates have to – and will – become standard, and the sooner car manufacturers implement the technology, the better.
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