American automaker Ford has stated that it will enter the rapidly growing arena of over-the-air software updates. The company will add Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via wireless software update to its Sync 3 equipped 2016 models.
The Sync 3 is Ford's interactive touchscreen system. The software upgrade will be delivered through over-the-air (OTA) using Wi-Fi. Previously., the new software was being uploaded to smartphones by manufacturers.
Over-the-air updates were first introduced by American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla in 2015. Now several traditional automakers are adopting the new technology.
The main reason for not adapting the OTA technology is security and resistance from the dealers. So, the established car manufacturers have not used this tech for safety systems and used only for the infotainment system.
Ford stated that the customers could also update the software by visiting the dealership using a traditional USB drive. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay allow the drivers to connect their smartphones to the vehicle's dashboard.
Over-the-air updates are very convenient for the customers, and it is also a cost saving for the manufacturers. Several repair issues and recalls can be rectified through OTAs.