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[Vlog] What Makes FOTA an Automotive Superhero, in this Era of Connected Vehicles?

History of automotive industry is abound with major innovations that changed its course and helped in enhancing the safety and reliability paradigms of the industry.

The evolution of cars from mechanical machines into a system dominated by electronics, with the introduction of Automotive Electronic Control Units (ECUs) around 1970s, is one of the first examples of such pivotal innovations.

What was the  need for this transformation? Mechanical systems suffered from inherent limitations and limited accuracy, which not only caused undetected failures, but also posed life threats to the end -users.

So how did the Automotive ECU (Electronic Control Units) help the automotive industry in overcoming these challenges? Read here: ECU’ is a Three Letter Answer for all the Innovative Features in Your Car: Know How the Story Unfolded

Such has been the effectiveness of these electronics based control units, that the modern day automotive vehicle consists of 100+ Electronic Control Units(ECU) and over 100 million lines of software code, on an average.

The next challenge faced by the stakeholders of the automotive industry is to keep ECU software updated and reliable.

The industry needs a robust solution to remotely manage the vehicle ECUs and update the firmware versions of the end-user devices.

Firmware Over-The-Air: The Next Milestone in the Automotive Industry

Enter FOTA a.ka. Firmware Over-The-Air a reliable and cost-effective technique for remotely managing the software updates of automotive vehicles.

In technical terms, FOTA update is a remote software-management technology that is used for  a wireless firmware upgrade in embedded applications.

A FOTA a.ka. Firmware Over-The-Air protects the vehicle ECU in the following ways:

  • Facilitates firmware bug fixes,
  • Helps in enhancing the functionality of the ECU &
  • Protects from potential security attacks

So, how does the FOTA facilitate  all these functions within a vehicle and emerge as a savior for the automotive industry? Find out in this video:

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Key Takeaways from this Video:

This video offers some interesting insights into the following queries:

  • What exactly is a Firmware-Over the-Air /FOTA Solution?
  • Why do we need a FOTA update solution for cars?
  • How does a FOTA feature works?
  • How does the automotive OEMs and the end-user benefit from the implementation of a robust FOTA update solution?

Who will Find this Video Useful?

This video has been designed to interest a wider audience to help them understand the importance and versatility of the Firmware-Over-The-Air solution.

We are hopeful that this video will be useful for anyone associated with the automotive industry – from budding automotive engineers to automotive business decision makers.


About the Author

Vaibhav is a digital-marketing professional with a deep-rooted interest in everything automotive. Regular collaborations with automotive tech guys keep him apprised of all new trends in the automotive industry. Besides digital marketing, Vaibhav is fond of writing and music.

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