Cooley On Cars
Your emails: The skinny on OTA software updates for your carBrian Cooley discusses the practice of adding features to your car through over-the-air updates.
[MUSIC] Hey gang, Brian Cooley here from On Cars,taking another one of your emails about high tech cars and modern driving. This one comes in from Bruno in the Bronx. He says, I love the fact that Tesla added autopilot to existing model S cars. He's referring that over the air software update. I love the 16 Ford Edge Sport. He says for himself. I just wish it had the hill descent control and terrain management tech that the Ford Explorer has. So is question is do you think Ford Ford gonna add that feature after I bought it. Well the first thing I can say to you Bruno is, a car is such a big critical investment. I wouldn't bet on the com that maybe they can add feature later through firmware updates. Buy the car you want. With the features you want now. Don't assume any updates at all, because a lot of car makers don't do them. Or if they do, they do them on a few of their models and not others. The other thing is, features aren't just software. Some of the things you're talking about may require drive line hardware that, if it's not there It can never be made to work because it's not there. We're getting set now to do a Car Tech 101 on over the air or software flash update so look for that in the next few episodes.