Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Future Cars Will Update Like Smartphones

Like your smartphone, your car may soon get regular software updates. According to the Detroit Free Press, by 2022, more than 200 million vehicles world-wide will get over-the-air software updates according.

Nearly a third of the defects that lead to recalls might be fixed with these updates, resolving problems without a trip to the dealership. Many updates that now require a trip to the dealer will be handled by beaming new software to the vehicle. Software-only recalls affected 3.3 million vehicles in the U.S. last year.

Updates will include fixes, new security to keep up with would-be hackers, and adding features. Examples include new transmission programming to increase fuel economy, updated navigation information, and new infotainment apps.

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