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Submission + - Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates ( 2

wiredmikey writes: This month, Ford is borrowing something from the software industry: updates. With a fleet of new cars using the sophisticated infotainment system they developed with Microsoft called SYNC, Ford has the need to update those vehicles—for both features and security reasons. But how do you update the software in thousands of cars?

Traditionally, the automotive industry has resorted to automotive recalls. But now, Ford will be releasing thirty thousand USB sticks to Ford owners with the new SYNC infotainment system, although the update will also be available for online download.

In preparing to update your car, Ford encourages users to have a unique USB for each Ford they own, and to have the USB drive empty and not password protected.

In the future, updating our gadgets, large and small, will become routine. But for now, it’s going to be really cumbersome and a little weird. “Honey, I’m updating the car’s firmware right now.”

Play this forward a bit. Image taking Patch Tuesday to a logical extreme, where you walk around your house or office apply all the patches to all the gadgets you own.

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