Mitsubishi Electric integrates Movimento OTA Technology Into Next Gen Architecture for Software Defined Cars
Mitsubishi Electric today announced that the company is integrating Movimento OTA technology into its next-generation head-unit architecture to provide customers with over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities. The new architecture, FLEXConnect®, helps to accelerate the delivery of infotainment services and is part of Mitsubishi Electric’s ongoing work with automakers to integrate advanced technologies into cars. Car owners can now look forward to a completely personalized entertainment system with continuous updates to the newest systems without ever having to return to the dealer. This combined technology breaks new ground in bringing software delivery from the cloud to the car in a very secure way and paves the way for a future with new applications and services being delivered in real time to vehicles.
“The ability to update vehicle software is critically important to OEMs given the exponential growth of software in the car,” said Mitsubishi Electric’s Doug Ray, Director of Sales, Quality and Engineering, Audio, Video & Communications. “By incorporating Movimento OTA technology our customers will be able to shorten software deployment times, roll out new features, and instantly issue security patches throughout the vehicle, not just in the infotainment system.”
“By breaking down the barriers to update car software we are opening up a future where the possibilities are endless,” said Movimento CEO, Ben Hoffman. “Movimento is pleased to be working with Mitsubishi Electric, because its focus on infotainment and ADAS means that the platform is a natural fit to connect the cloud to the car through the Movimento OTA platform.”
Software-defined cars are a growing phenomenon with automakers increasingly spending much more of their budgets on software. According to the analyst firm IHS, remote OTA upgrades will save automakers $35 billion by 2022. Under this collaboration, the companies will help automakers optimize those technology investments by designing and engineering infotainment systems that we can call “software defined radio” – keeping crucial software-dependent systems up to date, virtually eliminating software recalls and associated warranty costs. While Mitsubishi and Movimento have collaborated previously, today’s announcement marks an important milestone in building infotainment solutions from the ground up with OTA capabilities.