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      12-29-2014, 12:47 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Alumac
Originally Posted by antzcrashing View Post
+1, BMW should eventually get this ability
I'm not sure the incentive for BMW, or any major manufacturer, is there for OTA updates. Outside of Tesla, there are extensive dealer service centers that will cry foul about taking this 'service' away from them.

Before OTA updates become mainstream, I think a change in how cars are purchased will need to happen. People will need to be able to buy directly from the factory, and if desired, never step foot into a dealership.

A parallel in the tech world is how Apple and Android phones recieve updates. Apple phones get them straight from Apple. Android phones may or may not get an update depending on the 'dealer'.
Well, bmw loses its shirt on software updates for Idrive. The cost savings of not having a $200 per hour tech spending his time twiddling his thumbs while one car at a time, taking up a precious car bay, is hooked up to the BMW update computer for 8 stinking hours. That's ridiculous and that alone is motivation to move to OTA.

Moreover, many techs want to do the software update after hours so that the system can update the customers car at night to free up the bay during the day---well, this costs a ton of money (compared to OTA) because bmw has to give a loaner car to the customer. Plus, the customer is totally inconvenienced.

The current method bmw uses for updating Idrive is deeply flawed. Whenever the local tech has problems with the update, they have to get a German engineer conferenced in to the situation---essentially a manual OTA.

This is nonsense. This problem stems from every subsystem requiring its own update and version control. OTA will be a competitive requirement in the near future. Once Mercedes does it, then bmw will have no choice. So, bmw might as well do it now.

But, that's not the bmw way. BMW does not innovate. BMW is a copier. Almost every great BMW feature was invented or implemented by a competitor.