BYD has rolled out the first free over-the-air (OTA) software update for its newly launched Atto 3 electric SUV.
The OTA update brings new features to its rotating 12.8-inch touchscreen like maps, Spotify integration, and the ability to use voice commands to operate features like a panoramic sunroof and remote control. climate control.
Coincidentally, we had a Atto 3 Extended Range for review as soon as the OTA update for its DiLink system goes live.
The update comes in two phases called V1.0.1 and V1.0.2, which we downloaded in the office parking lot and installed sequentially through the settings menu.
You don’t have to be in the car to download and install updates, which take an hour or two depending on the network.
In our case, the second update was not accessible for several hours after downloading and installing the first update. During these updates, the car is undriveable and the car tells us its battery charge status must be above 20%.
Some nifty additions include live satellite navigation including electric vehicle charging locations, which look especially good with the display switched to portrait mode.
Spotify integration allows you to log in to your own account with a QR code and display your dashboard visually. Previously, you could only play music from your phone via Bluetooth and USB.
Voice commands activated by saying “Hi BYD” allow you to control the sunroof, climate control system and radio.
The next OTA update is expected to happen in about a month and will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – we’re not sure if it’ll be wired or wireless.
With my initial use of the Atto 3 rather frustrating as its amazing touchscreen lacks functions, this OTA update has certainly made a big difference.
Stay tuned for our written and video reviews of the BYD Atto 3 over the next week.
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