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Over the air updates are the future

Tesla’s major recall shows the benefits of software-defined vehicles, says IDTechEx

James Falkiner
19 December 2023
IDTechEx: By using over-the-air updates, car makers can fix software bugs, motor issues, or even add new features, just like updating a smartphone
IDTechEx: By using over-the-air updates, car makers can fix software bugs, motor issues, or even add new features, just like updating a smartphone
 

Tesla’s recent recall could have cost it billions of dollars, but instead, an over-the-air software update was all that was required to fix an issue affecting over 2 million vehicles.

Traditionally, a mass recall would require every vehicle to be returned to a repair shop to be fixed at a significant cost to the automaker. Even a software issue, such as a safety issue with a battery management system, can require a recall.

However, Tesla leveraged integrated 4G connectivity and the...

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