A few days ago, I illustrated the transition that auto companies face, in advancing from today’s gasoline, driver-dependent, unconnected vehicles to the cars of tomorrow.
Alexandria Sage, for Reuters in San Francisco, wrote a great article that brings this transition to life. Some nuggets:
[Tesla’s ability to update its software over the air (OTA)] has spurred the big automakers to get more serious about OTAs, although they are hampered by the challenge of making software compatible with internal combustion engines, dealers worried about losing service revenue and security concerns. […]
As much a tech company as an automaker, 12-year-old Tesla is free of the constraints its rivals face – complicated combustion engines, huge model ranges, […] and a reliance on car dealerships.
Tesla “started from a blank piece of paper […] They didn’t have 100 years of legacy engineering to contend with. […]
“It’s not in carmakers’ interest to annoy the dealer,” […]