Model S owners will have their automobiles’ software upgraded over-the-air after Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced the plan. The new software suit makes it possible for Model S users to evade traffic jams, turn on the car using a mobile phone, automatically adjust suspension, assign a nickname to the car, and more.
Several other automakers have been challenged by such an achievement and are now contemplating introducing similar over-the-air upgrades. Companies initially released such upgrades alongside the release of new models. In some cases where the upgrades are very important, the car owners always have to take their cars to dealers for the upgrade. Owing to the bold move by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), other automakers have also completed their over-the-air software upgrades though theirs are still on experimental stage.
Director of research for automotive electronic technology for IHS Automotive, Egil Juliussen, disclosed that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has completed more than 12 such upgrades for the Model S since 2012 when the car first sold.
“The cost savings alone will make it very attractive for the auto manufacturers to use over-the-air software upgrades,” said Juliussen.
The Model S already has a traffic-navigator that can show routes with heavy traffic using Google Maps. However, the new upgrade now makes it possible for the user to see up-to-the-minute updates plus suggestion of an alternative route with less traffic. Another notable thing about the traffic-navigation software upgrade is that it will be possible to sync it to a phone’s calendar so as to automatically direct people to appointments.
Model S allows the driver to adjust the car’s suspension based on the road surface. In a case where a driver uses a road where there was a previous suspension adjustment, the car will auto-detect and automatically adjust its suspension.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), the producer of electric cars, is setting the trend on over-the-air upgrades and it’s believed that many more car manufacturers will follow suit.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.