(Reuters) – Ford Motor Co stated on Friday it could delve into the rising enviornment of “over-the-air” software updates, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its Sync Three-equipped 2016 automobiles for the primary time by way of a wi-fi software replace.
The newest improve to Sync Three, Ford’s interactive touch-screen system, will likely be completed by means of an over-the-air (OTA) replace utilizing Wi-Fi, not in contrast to how new software will get uploaded to smartphones by producers.
After Tesla Inc’s early lead in 2015 introducing OTAs, conventional automakers are slowly starting to embrace the brand new expertise, inside limits. Considerations about safety and resistance from sellers frightened about dropping service income have hampered its adoption.
To this point, established automakers haven’t used OTAs for security systems, only for non-critical systems like infotainment.
Clients may get the replace by way of the standard technique of visiting their vendor or utilizing a USB drive, Ford stated.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are working systems from Google and Apple that permit drivers to connect their smartphones to their automobiles’ dashboard.
Ford’s first use of OTAs comes about two months after it stated it could rent 400 engineers to work on connectivity, principally from Blackberry Ltd’s shuttered phone handset enterprise. Blackberry QNX powers Ford’s Sync Three system.
Apart from being extra handy for purchasers, OTAs can deliver automakers value financial savings, as a considerable proportion of guarantee restore points and remembers will be corrected by means of OTAs.
(Reporting By Alexandria Sage; Modifying by Steve Orlofsky)