Visteon, in partnership with Verizon, hopes to make over-the-air infotainment updates a reality in mass market vehicles.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the two companies announced the Visteon Connected Vehicle Hub, which communicates with an embedded automotive telematics module that is capable of receiving Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updates using Verizon’s LTE Multicast technology. The technology will allow automakers to simultaneously send FOTA updates to vehicles in an entire fleet, manufacturing plant or region. In addition, vehicles can also be targeted by make, model and electrical and component architecture as well as customer and location.
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The Tesla Model S offers over-the-air updates to save owners trips to its service centers, but Visteon and Verizon’s technology will allow a variety of automakers to also have the ability to do so. The Visteon Connected Vehicle Hub also features Visteon’s rear seat infotainment, which highlights broadcast entertainment that is delivered through Enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS).