e vehicles

Are Over-the-Air Updates for Cars Safe?

Episode 1768

Adam from California

Adam is considering buying a Ford Mustang Mach E. He's come to the realization that they are just computers on wheels. He's leery of promised future OTA updates that companies are promising as a sales benefit. Leo says that the development time of cars has dropped from five years to three years on the Mach E, which Ford rushed to get to market. Leo says that the problem with software development in a car is that bugs can crop up and updates can happen on almost a weekly basis.

Sam Abuelsamid ... biometrically speaking

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1750

Sam joins Leo to talk about the latest car news. Lately, Sam drove Hyundai's Premium e-Vehicle, the Genesis GV70. It uses biometrics to authenticate payments for gas, keyless entry, and even the expansion of ultra-wideband wifi. Biometrics can also be used to watch the driver in order to make sure they are paying attention to the road. Sensors will monitor driver behavior with infrared cameras and alert the driver to keep watch of the road. It's possible that in the future, drivers will need face ID to start the car, an ideal security measure.

Why is Apple CarPlay Disconnecting?

CarPlay

Episode 1626

Carmine from Chicago, Illinois

Carmine has a Chevy Bolt with Apple CarPlay and every time he hits a bump, Carplay disconnects. What gives? Leo says that the only logical conclusion is a loose connection. But he can also check to see if there's lint in the lightning port. A little dust will cause a looser connection of the lightning connector. A little canned air should solve it. Also, try a different cable. Lightning cables can get damaged easily. The other side may be loose as well. Past that, it's a visit to the service department at Chevy.