What Are Over the Air Updates for Cars?
An over-the-air (OTA) update for a car is a software improvement that a car company sends to your vehicle through wireless means.
These days, cars are practically computer processors on wheels run by a series of electronic control units that oversee everything from the powertrain to navigation. OTA updates allow automakers to quickly, conveniently, and automatically issue current and future operating system (O/S) refreshes to a vehicle in much the same way that a smartphone receives an O/S upgrade from its cellular provider.
But, like any new technology in its early phases, OTA updates have a long way to go before realizing their full potential.