As the 2021 winner of the What Car? Car of the Year Technology Award, Tesla’s over-the-air (OTA) software update technology wirelessly introduces new features to its vehicles that improve functionality, performance and safety capability.
This breed of tech is used by a handful of other carmakers but Tesla has used OTA updates to make a raft of notable improvements to its vehicle fleet during 2020.
These improvements to active safety (or crash avoidance) and security have helped the brand to build on its 2019 success when the Model X and 3 cars both scored 94% in Euro NCAP’s ‘Safety Assist’ category.
Those scores illustrate the strides Tesla has made through OTA updates.
The brand’s notable 2020 OTA updates have included the addition of vision-based speed assist capability, a cabin camera to capture video clips prior to a collision or safety event, dash-cam viewer improvements and traffic light warnings.
Matthew Avery comments, “Tesla were the first to introduce over-the-air updates and it’s proven to be a real game changer. It means a Tesla can be upgraded as its sitting on a driveway. This allows the brand to not only offer new comfort functionality to the consumer but it can also fix things that maybe aren’t working as efficiently as they could be. As a result, the vehicle is, to some degree, state-of-the-art over its lifetime which is a phenomenal advantage, especially when it comes to improving the performance of its safety systems.”
Watch as Matthew takes to the test track with What Car? consumer editor Claire Evans, to show why Tesla’s over-the-air update capability was a worthy winner.