Tesla has become well-known for this practice: sending out updates to its vehicles “over-the-air” to seamlessly update and upgrade features in the vehicle. This has been done to include suspension updates, an AutoPilot feature and more.
General Motors has gone on the record to state is definitely won’t be using over-the-air functionality in that way.
According to Reuters, Mark Reuss, GM produce chief, was asked during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show if the automaker would ever expand into over-the-air updates for critical features like safety, braking and steering. Reuss simply stated, “We would never do that.”
He added that GM’s latest electrical hardware will be the safest it has been from a data security standpoint, which would allow for additional over-the-air updates.
GM currently utilizes OnStar to provide some over-the-air updates for systems in its vehicles.