Ford to Offer OTA for Sync 3 Equipped Vehicles
Joining the league of companies offering over the air software updates, Ford Motor Co, announced that it would start providing over the air software updates for its Sync 3 equipped 2016 cars. The first of its kind move will add Apple Carplay and Android Auto to the Sync 3 system.
Using WiFi, the OTA will be delivered to Ford’s interactive touch screen system, Sync 3 giving it an upgrade and adding features. Ever since Tesla started using the OTA as a valuable tool in its move to keep its car owners happy in the year 2015, car makers have been trying to such new technological ways to push updates to the users. But even then, the path hasn’t been smooth since there have been multiple concerns regarding security. Also adding to the mix are worried dealers who fear this will lead to losing service revenue thus slowing the advance.
Till now, none of the established automakers have used OTAs for car’s safety systems, and only for trivial features like infotainment. But Ford’s use of OTA was somewhat anticipated since it hired around 400 engineers to work on the connectivity related tasks. Most of the hired engineers came from BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s QNX is what makes Ford’s Sync 3 system operational.
Over the air updates have the potential to be convenient while bringing in cost savings as a result of correction of faulty software issues being rectified by the use of OTA.