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Why Send Software Updates to Used Cars?

Strengthened automotive cybersecurity laws have convinced automakers to go all in with software updatable vehicles. How long before a used car is too old for an update?
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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake:
Carmakers see a big opportunity for software-defined vehicles and subscription-based services that “update” and “upgrade” vehicles after purchase. Can OEMs justify lifetime software support for their vehicles’ safety and security, or will third-party repair services pop up to magically fix complex machine-learning based software problems? Or will carmakers simply limit production and shorten a model’s lifespan, leaving many perfectly operative used cars – lacking safety software updates in the junkyard?

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