OTA Software Upgrades

One of the best things about owning a Tesla, at least if Twitter is to be believed, is the fact that every vehicle gets over-the-air software upgrades.

At first glance, this seems almost trivial. Everyone who owns a smartphone gets OTA upgrades, and they are as much a pain as a pleasure. Most of the time, it’s not even clear what benefit the upgrade delivers, so I usually chalk it up to some sort of invisible security patch.

But Tesla has been rolling out new features at such a clip, particularly its autonomous driving features, that users marvel that “it’s like I got a new car overnight”.

I’m not sure how long this can last — after all, we’ve already seen with mobile phones that the novelty plateaus eventually — but for the moment it seems like an exciting part of owning a Tesla, or any vehicle receiving periodic OTA upgrades.

Originally published at www.davidincalifornia.com on January 21, 2016.

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