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    OTA and Telematics: The Building Blocks for Software Defined Vehicles

    The Rise of Software Defined Vehicles

    Connectivity has come a long way since the invention of the cell phone and the internet. From hot tubs to doorbells, climate systems, and refrigerators, almost every device that contains electronics has the potential to become connected. But perhaps one of the most impressive developments in connectivity is the software defined vehicle (SDV).

    The automotive industry’s shift to a software-first approach comes with a multitude of benefits including personalized features, enhanced safety, and improved functionality. Additionally, the experience of the end user becomes more and more important in the design of SDVs. To keep up with this accelerating rate of change and feature development, automakers need to implement supportive technologies and solutions, such as over-the-air (OTA) technology and powerful telematics units.

    The Importance of OTA

    OTA updates not only expand the realm of what is possible for automakers in regards to enhancing the customer experience; they are also instrumental in maintaining the safety, functionality, and security of the next generation of software defined vehicles. With OTA, manufacturers can communicate directly with each vehicle in their fleet and perform feature upgrades and enhancements via the telematics unit.

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    Having a powerful Linux telematics unit enables automakers to harness the value of connected vehicle data with greater intelligence and improved analytics. It also provides a base for OEMs to build and integrate custom applications that work seamlessly with existing vehicle hardware. Finally, Linux TCUs ensure that data integrity is maintained by providing a secure execution environment and preventing unauthorized device access.

    The Future of the SDV

    If there is one thing we know for certain in the automotive industry, it’s that technology is constantly changing and evolving. Many vehicle features of today will be out of date in five years and customers will always want the latest and greatest. The combination of a robust telematics unit and dependable OTA software is crucial to an OEM’s future success.

    This dynamic combination of hardware and software provides automakers with the data required to improve vehicles and the means of executing those improvements. Together, Sibros’ Deep Connected Platform and iWave’s TCUs:

    • Ensure functionality and reliability throughout the vehicle life cycle
    • Mitigate and even prevent software-related recalls
    • Improve the customer experience
    • Enable faster time to market
    • Update vehicles with the latest features and software versions
    • Diagnose vehicle health issues and faults
    • Support maintenance and calibration efforts for safety-critical systems such as ADAS and AI-based features

    OTA and TCUs are the building blocks automakers need to build better, safer, more efficient, and more reliable software defined vehicles. To learn more about iWave and Sibros’ solutions contact us at

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