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Vehicles updates “Over The Air” will explode by 2022


Future of IT: Using the Cloud computing and telecommunications networks, automobiles should be substantially improved in the coming years, and this distance. Car dealers should be the first to suffer.

Updates of software and remote firmware on vehicles (respectively SOTA – Software-Over-the-Air and FOTA – Firmware Over-the-Air) should affect 203 million by 2022 says research firm cars ABI Research. 180 million cars will be affected by the SOTA 22 million by FOTA.

“Three factors have changed the automotive industry and open the way for OTA technology: the cost of recalls, the success of Tesla, and finally security risks due to the complexity of the software,” says Susan Beardslee, principal analyst at ABI Research . “This transformation is welcome, OTA is the only way to set up secure management of all software of a seamlessly connected car.”

Technology OTA (Over The Air) provides access to data from a remote embedded system (GSM 03.48 standard, published in 2003). Originally used in the world of telephony, it opens more and more to connected objects and thus to cars. The brand Tesla uses such FOTA technology to update the functionality of its vehicles .

What avoid the cost of reminders

The major players in the industry, however, focus in the next three to five years on the SOTA says ABI Research, the FOTA requiring greater technological maturity. infrastructure side, it is the cloud computing architectures that can implement these processes, managing large load increases and high availability.


The simple point of recalling vehicles OTA technology has a vital advantage. The last two years the recall rate increased about 46% in the four major automotive suppliers, for a total cost of $ 20 billion in 2015. While all of the reminders can be supported by the OTA, but ABI Research says that almost a third of last year’s recall could have been managed by OTA technology. What save $ 6 billion.

Last year the Chrysler Group (but Ford or Toyota and Tesla have faced the same situation) had to face a piracy connected embedded system on a Jeep, affecting 1.4 million vehicles. The company sent patches via USB sticks. Hence an additional security risk and unable to verify that the patch was properly used. And as the subject of autonomous vehicles is becoming more mature, the issue of cybersecurity is becoming increasingly critical.

A sector that moves within the scope of the digital transformation

From an economic perspective, ABI Research expects many mergers and acquisitions in the next two years in this sector. “Movimento, in particular, presents a huge opportunity for acquisition,” said Susan Beardslee, adding that the company will update more than 3 million vehicles per year and can detect and remove cyber attacks in less than 10 milliseconds. Argus Cybersecurity is another player likely to be acquired in the coming months.

Still, this industry moving background did not go smoothly: the digital transformation is not a cakewalk. “Some car dealers have contact every 18 months with their clients,” mentioned Gilles Babinet last week in a speech to the ITES 2016, holding that “these organizations are in danger.” These are indeed the auto dealers that could suffer most from this innovation. “Car dealers have everything to lose,” confirms Susan Beardslee. “When the automotive industry fully utilize OTA, car dealers will lose not only their income on upgrades and repairs, but also indirect visits the showrooms.”

Apple has become customer of Google in the cloud

Technology: According to CRN, Apple has shifted some of its cloud infrastructure at Google late last year, reducing its dependence on Amazon Web Services.

After conquering Spotify last month, we learned that Google would have welcomed another prominent client. This is nothing less than Apple, which has chosen the Google Cloud Platform to host some of its online services. The information is reported by CRN indicating that the contract was signed late last year. Apple would spend between 400 and 600 million, but the article says not whether this amount represents an annual investment amount or a fixed capacity.

What is certain is that the maneuver would have aimed to reduce Apple’s dependence on Amazon Web Services which are entrusted some cloud services including iCloud. Working with AWS would continue but on a smaller scale. Recall that Apple has recently announced its intention to invest $ 3.9 billion in the construction of three data centers in the United States (Arizona), Ireland and Denmark in order to reduce its dependence on third-party services .


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