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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.


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Love this title. "Enabling the software defined car". Software is exactly what will define a good car in the future. It will be over 50% of the passengers/drivers experience with that car. So unless it has the right software it will not sell well or function well as an autonomous BEV taxi. This is also why the CEOs in the auto-industry need to have some sort of software background. They need to understand software in order to understand the future auto industry.

It may well be that BMW, Hyundai, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz—now offer OTA software updates capability in their newest models. However, Tesla is still the only car maker that offers OTA software updates for all of the cars say 50 different software systems not just the infotainment system.

I do not think though it will be long until all automakers offer the same thing as Tesla in terms of OTA software updates. But it may still take years and Tesla includes free life long internet access in the price of the car. If you want OTA software updates to work as it should there is no way around making life long internet access part of the car deal at purchase. The old automakers want car buyers to pay monthly fees after you buy the car for those OTA updates that are limited to infotainment systems. That is no good. It should be free and they need to add the cost up front in the price of the car. This is much cheaper in the long-run for the customers as they do not need to pay for administrating a system with monthly payments from millions of car owners.


I agree that initially, OTA should be free, like roadside assistance with Lexus. However I am suspicious of companies that want you to pay for ongoing service when the value added turns out to be minimal. OTA service with a car like the Tesla is pretty much essential and somebody has to pay for that access but with an $80k car there is going to be some space in the sales price to carry this cost. I haven't seen that agreement but it is probably limited to the original owner to reduce ongoing liability to the manufacturer.

All businesses desire to get into the automated payments business. First they lowball you to start with and then, when their cash register is effectively joined to your bank account they can make those periodic "adjustments" whenever they feel like it, but just small ones. So you don't notice it.

I came across this sales brochure from a CHP company in the states. When they had installed a system the homeowner was required to pony up for a monthly internet fee, so that they could monitor the health of the system. "If we see anything wrong with your system we will call and notify you". I got to thinking what if the homeowner could be privy to this information why would he need a third party to do it for him ? Bearing in mind that most heating equipment is unlikely to fail for a very long time. And then, when it does, well the service call is going to be chargeable anyways.

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T2 I do not know the exact numbers. But my best guess is that Tesla put aside from the selling price of a Tesla about 700 USD to pay for all future internet bills on behalf of the Tesla owner. Probably 2500 USD is saved for paying for all future supercharger costs. And 4000 USD is put aside to pay for issues under warranty.

Small gassers costing 15k USD today will probably cost 19k USD in a few years with free OTA updates and much better air-pollution systems which will add about 3.3K USD in costs. About 19k USD will be the new minimum price for a street legal new car. Free OTA updates will be required by the law to facilitate fast patches of safety issues. The coming autonomous BEV taxi revolution is going to destroy that market for inexpensive gassers anyway. If you can get a BEV taxi for 15 to 20 cents per mile anywhere at anytime not many are going for far more expensive private ownership. Private ownership of likewise autonomous cars will be for the wealthy who can afford the luxury of having their own private self-driving taxi. Driver license will not be required.

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