SAIC-GM, General Motors’ main joint venture in China, has just announced the first over-the-air update for the all-new Buick Electra E5 in the Asian country – where more than 12,000 units of the crossover have been sold as of August.
The all-new Buick Electra E5 has received its first OTA update to improve the user experience with the all-electric crossover’s next-generation electronic systems, which officially inaugurated Buick‘s new Electra family of vehicles. The update will be sent automatically to vehicles starting on September 11th.
In particular, the all-new Buick Electra E5’s first OTA update, version code V2.2, focuses on improving the user experience in various operational aspects such as ignition logic, the locking system after exiting the vehicle, the smartphone as a key function and a new voice engine. Changes to these features were made based on feedback and concerns expressed by early Electra E5 customers.
Changes in the first over-the-air update for the Buick Electra E5 include new logic for the smart ignition system, which takes effect once the user enters the vehicle with a digital key or by swiping an NFC card. As such, the ignition logic changes from closing the door and starting to applying the brake to start, preventing the vehicle from automatically starting when unlocked only to remove or load items.
In addition, the Buick Electra E5’s V2.2 update improves the Bluetooth detection signal of the digital key, optimizing the detection area and connection speed of the key managed on the phone. Meanwhile, the exit lock function will only be activated automatically when entering and exiting with the digital key, so the Electra E5 will not automatically lock after exiting if it was entered with an NFC card.
However, the most notable novelty of the first OTA update is the new voice engine for the Buick Electra E5’s infotainment system, which will further improve the voice recognition system’s processing speed, with a wake-up response time of just 0.3 seconds, an interaction speed of 1.2 seconds and the ability to receive 10 consecutive messages in a maximum of 25 seconds.