Telematics Wire got into a short conversation with Kamyar Moinzadeh, CEO, Airbiquity. Kamyar became the company’s president and CEO in 2002 after several years as a senior manager instrumental in developing Airbiquity’s automotive solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry including senior positions at Netro Corporation, AT&T Wireless Services, and Motorola. He earned a B.S. in computer science from Washington State University.
Kamyar shared his views on several topics related to OTA updates. Below are the excerpts from the conversation
TW: What are your views on the need of OTA for connected car ecosystem?
Kamyar: It’s absolutely fundamental. The most useful and effective connected car ecosystems will be reliant on a continual flow of data and analytics to make their vehicle and consumer services highly relevant and timely, as well as the ability to dynamically update on-board analytic modules and software code whenever necessary. The only way to enable this continual flow of data, analytics, and software updates is via OTA software update and data management. These reasons, in addition to the huge financial benefits of mitigating software related vehicle recall expense and utilizing data to optimize automotive operations are leading reasons for the massive interest in automotive OTA solutions.
TW: Do you see any limitations of OTA? How can we overcome them?
Kamyar: One of the largest limitations of OTA is on the technical side. Specifically, redesigning and updating legacy on-board electrical architectures and networks to facilitate faster OTA software update downloads and installation, data collection and uploads, and the extension of OTA service delivery to many more high-value vehicle systems and components. Luckily, there’s a clear recognition of this need among automotive manufacturers and suppliers, and the industry is actively working on options that will enable OTA and continued advancements in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-everything (V2X), and autonomous driving features going forward.
TW: What are your views about automotive cybersecurity, in the context of OTA?
Kamyar: Cybersecurity has become a continual threat to connected vehicles after surfacing as an issue for older use cases like vehicle connectivity and infotainment. Because OTA will touch exponentially more and critical vehicle systems and components than prior use cases like infotainment, it’s imperative that cybersecurity provisions are well-architected and engineered into every OTA solution. OTA also enhances the ability to proactively monitor vehicles for cybersecurity intrusion, and reactively mitigate cybersecurity threats via rapid deployment of software updates for newly identified security breaches.
TW: How important is 5G connectivity for OTA?
Kamyar: In general, the higher the connectivity bandwidth the faster the transmission of OTA software update and data payloads between the cloud and the vehicle. Today’s 4G/LTE bandwidth is adequate for most if not all OTA payloads planned for the next 1-5 years. Higher bandwidth options like 5G will be increasingly preferred 6-10 years out for the realization of differentiated user experiences from features, applications, and services utilizing real-time data transmissions, cloud analytics, video streaming, etc.