Why Did Automotive Software Change in Recent Years?

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In recent years, all automotive software not only changed inside cars, the complete automotive industry had serious changes and had to change to completely new systems. All these new systems came about in a very short period of time and is constantly in a cycle of change.

Everything which happens in the world has bad and good within it, so no changes come without any problems. The quick changes of software in cars results in the technicians not keeping up with the new technology. On the other hand, it has made cars safer for humankind and the environment.

Just take all the new emission control laws which have come about in recent years. The car manufacturers had to develop new software and the programs in cars which take over the control processes, this is done specially to make the gasses which get released from any vehicle more environmentally friendly.

Then something else also happened which forced the software and there programs in the motor industry to change drastically. As everybody knows the world economy suffered one of its worst recessions in recent years. This recession caused banks and financial institutions and even motor dealerships to change their software and programs regarding the sales of cars to suite this situation.

We as the public felt this was unfair because it became more difficult for us to get credit from banks to buy a new car. All of these changes caused cars sales to drop to drastically low figures globally.

This caused all logistical planning and movements of cars globally to undergo re-planning, which resulted in all manufacturers having to modify their software and programs for controlling these movement and schedules. All this unpredicted changes caused the complete automotive industry to suffer massive decline in sales.

These changes started with the production schedules and all the automotive production planning software became outdated and new planning and programming had to take place, for all the changes which came along with the recession. Manufacturers had to change software and programming in cars to make it more affordable to the public, without damaging their brand’s quality standards.

All technicians who were working at the dealerships had to upgrade their scan tools in order to be compatible with all the technology changes in cars. Some of this scan tool software couldn’t handle these upgrades and the dealerships and the technician had to replace their diagnostic equipment at a price.

They had no other choice than to replace their equipment in order to remain compatible with these major changes which took place in the automotive software field. All of the major banks had to change their software which was controlling their motor finance departments. The banks had to look into the ways by which they were giving credit to their customers in the past.

Most of the major banks in the world concluded that they were allowing credit without proper control through their systems. Therefore, the banks had no other choice than to change their software and programs on their systems. These software and programs are responsible for controlling their policies and rules regarding clients and the criteria they will require before qualifying for credit from them.

This in term caused the car dealerships to adapt their software and programs in their sales departments to adhere to the new rules and regulations laid down by banks. This brought along major changes in both party’s software as the old software wasn’t up to standard any more in order to be able to handle the new systems which came along due to the recession.

Who would ever have thought that something like a world recession could cause the automotive software field to undergo drastic changes such as these? The good which came out of it all was that all parties concerned in the automotive industry had to revise their programs and software in order to be compatible once again.

So the recession resulted in all rules and regulations having to be once again converted in order to adhere to a universal law once again, this resulted in more accurate control in the automotive industry and thus was once again good for the greater good.

The only negative aspect which came along with all the changes that had to take place in the automotive software field was that all people directly involved with the new automotive software had to adapt and learn the new software. But was that truly negative?