Livio Connect Offers Over-the-Air Firmware Updates for OEM Car StereosNovember 1, 2012 By Cara Gavin
At the 2012 SEMA Show, Livio Connect CEO and founder Jake Sigal announced the new over-the-air firmware updates for car stereos available for Livio Connect API developers. The firmware updates connect apps to cars easily for vehicle OEMs, Tier 1 manufacturers, and approved third-party developers.
Sigal explains, "Cars are good for over 10 years. iOS and Android updates every 10 months. Over-the-air firmware updates mean that when your smartphone upgrades, so does your car stereo."
With Livio Connect, firmware updates are automatically downloaded to the smartphone, which then sends the update to the car stereo through a USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi connection.
Sigal believes the car updates are just the beginning. He says, "I've been promoting open-source platforms to car companies because it works well for car integrators. I wouldn't be surprised to see open-source software like Linux show up in the home really soon."