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My 2017 Bolt got an update over the air.

GM's vehicles were pretty advanced back in the 1980's with onboard diagnostics, fuel injection, mass flow sensor, etc...
 

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I've had my Bolt since May 2018 and don't recall having received any updates. Don't think that this has been a very common occurrence.

My wife and I love our Bolt, so that is not an issue, but GM is glacial in its movement forward.
 

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If the updates are anything like the Bolt's, color me unimpressed. I received a single update, and all it did was fix some bugs and remove a feature (the ability to play movies and mp4 music). Now I can't listen to one of my favorite albums any more because it's in mp4 format. Great.
 

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If the updates are anything like the Bolt's, color me unimpressed. I received a single update, and all it did was fix some bugs and remove a feature (the ability to play movies and mp4 music). Now I can't listen to one of my favorite albums any more because it's in mp4 format. Great.
We've had ours since July 2017. Never got a single over the air update. Did the infotainment update at the dealer. The only thing that changed, as far as I can tell, was that we lost the ability to run videos. So I'm not a fan of updates so far. :-(
 

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We've had ours since July 2017. Never got a single over the air update. Did the infotainment update at the dealer. The only thing that changed, as far as I can tell, was that we lost the ability to run videos. So I'm not a fan of updates so far. :-(
That update *should* have also fixed the Android Auto shrunk display issue. Assuming you use AA.
 

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Yep, the single OTA update issued to the Bolt was underwhelming, to say the least. However, based on this new software that's being discussed in these articles, it should allow GM greater flexibility in terms of what they can update OTA. From the Wired article:

GM will now be able to issue over-the-air software updates, improving how its engines run or how its suspensions handle bumpy roads, even years after a car has been sold.
That said, I share the skepticism of others here. It's one thing to say how it's going to work, but it's certainly another to see it in real-world implementation. Let's see how the CT5 does next year and circle back afterwards. :nerd:
 

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If the updates are anything like the Bolt's, color me unimpressed. I received a single update, and all it did was fix some bugs and remove a feature (the ability to play movies and mp4 music). Now I can't listen to one of my favorite albums any more because it's in mp4 format. Great.

In NY it is illegal to play movies on video equipment that is visible to the driver. I suspect said equipment is illegal in several other states as well. GM didn't really have a choice.
 

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That's between Tesla and NY State. I remember this being an issue in NY several years ago so I searched for an article and found one (cited below).



https://www.cbsnews.com/news/playing-at-an-suv-near-you-porn/
"A driver in Schenectady, N.Y., was arrested last month after rolling past police with a DVD titled "Chocolate Foam" playing on the passenger-side sun visor in his Mercedes-Benz, authorities said. The movie also was rolling on screens set into the car's headrests.


The driver was accused of breaking state laws prohibiting watching TV while driving, ..."
 

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"A driver in Schenectady, N.Y., was arrested last month after rolling past police with a DVD
The driver was accused of breaking state laws prohibiting watching TV while driving, ..."
You'll notice the Tesla here is parked. It would be a simple matter for GM to prevent the playing of video when not in P, or even more restrictive, when the vehicle is on.

If I want to watch YouTube while my car is charging, that is none of New York's business!
 

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"A driver in Schenectady, N.Y., was arrested last month after rolling past police with a DVD
The driver was accused of breaking state laws prohibiting watching TV while driving, ..."
You'll notice the Tesla here is parked. It would be a simple matter for GM to prevent the playing of video when not in P, or even more restrictive, when the vehicle is on.

If I want to watch YouTube while my car is charging, that is none of New York's business!
There are devices that can trick a car into thinking it is in park when it isn't actually in park. GM probably killed all video playback capability to eliminate this workaround for playing video while driving.

Of course, they can't do anything about people rooting their phones and enabling screen mirroring via Android Auto. ?
 

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You'll notice the Tesla here is parked. It would be a simple matter for GM to prevent the playing of video when not in P, or even more restrictive, when the vehicle is on.

If I want to watch YouTube while my car is charging, that is none of New York's business!
You make a good point. I'd bother my Assemblyman about that issue but I'm using whatever political capital I have to get the law changed so that it is illegal for an ICE car to use or block an EV charging spot. To me, that I can use the charging spot is more important to me that what I can or cannot do for entertainment while there. (And I watch videos on my phone when I'm charging away from home.)


Anyway, my original point was about the legal pressure on GM from states like NY. We can debate the soundness of the law (and I agree with you that it isn't) but I think we can agree that the law exists. (And agree that the law should be changed.)
 

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Anyway, my original point was about the legal pressure on GM from states like NY. We can debate the soundness of the law (and I agree with you that it isn't) but I think we can agree that the law exists. (And agree that the law should be changed.)


The absolute stupidest NY state law is the one that bans E-assist bicycles. They had problems with deliver riders on sidewalks, in NYC, so they banned them statewide. What they need to do is ban cars from NYC, so the delivery riders can ride on the street.
 
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