Mitsubishi Electric integrates Movimento OTA technology into next gen architecture for software-defined cars
Mitsubishi Electric is integrating Movimento OTA technology into its next-generation head-unit architecture to provide customers with over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities.
Movimento was founded in 2003 with technology for reflashing vehicle software. Since that time, it has completed millions of vehicle and module updates for companies such as Bosch, Continental, Denso, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, GM, Magna, Panasonic, Visteon, Volvo, and ZF. The company is now leveraging leverage this technology and expertise to provide secure over-the-air (OTA) updates throughout the vehicle lifecycle.
OTA updates began with Tesla’s Model S, but the concept has been speeding forward, Movimento notes. At least five automakers—BMW, Hyundai, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz—now offer OTA software updates, with many more likely to join in over the next 18 months or so.
Gartner Group forecasts that there will be 250 million connected vehicles on the road by 2020; within five years, OTA software upgrades are expected to be commonplace for new vehicles.
The new architecture, FLEXConnect, helps to accelerate the delivery of infotainment services and is part of Mitsubishi Electric’s ongoing work with automakers to integrate advanced technologies into cars.
This combined technology brings software delivery from the cloud to the car in a very secure way and paves the way for a future with new applications and services being delivered in real time to vehicles—what Movimento calls “the software-defined car”.
The ability to update vehicle software is critically important to OEMs given the exponential growth of software in the car. By incorporating Movimento OTA technology our customers will be able to shorten software deployment times, roll out new features, and instantly issue security patches throughout the vehicle, not just in the infotainment system.—Mitsubishi Electric’s Doug Ray, Director of Sales, Quality and Engineering, Audio, Video & Communications
Software-defined cars are a growing phenomenon with automakers increasingly spending much more of their budgets on software. According to the analyst firm IHS, remote OTA upgrades will save automakers $35 billion by 2022.