Ather’s 13th OTA update is about music and calls

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 31 Mar 2021

Bangalore-based electric two-wheeler company Ather Energy has announced that ‘Atherstack’, its multitude of services right from the front-end to firmware to the data pipeline, has released its 13th OTA (Over the Air) update Atherstack Atom.

The update enables the Bluetooth-based music and call feature on the Ather 450X. It also includes the revamped version of the Ather App for all Ather owners with Android and iOS devices.

The Bluetooth-based Music and Call feature allows Ather 450X owners to safely pair the e-scooter's seven-inch touchscreen dashboard with their smartphones. This allows the rider to view and control music and phone calls through the dashboard without any distractions and offers a seamless experience.

While the music is playing on the smartphone, the dashboard will show album art, the name of the song, and the artist in the display. When the vehicle is stationary, the rider can use the touchscreen to switch to the previous track, play/pause the current track or jump to the next track. The feature supports all popular music streaming services and podcast services. During calls, the rider can accept/reject the call on the touchscreen dashboard. For rider safety, a combination of the physical switches can be used while riding.

As first revealed by Autocar Professional in July 2020, Ather Energy is also working towards launching a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) which will allow the rider to monitor the tire pressure which will ensure that the vehicle performs optimally.

This update also includes a brand new Ather App which has been built from scratch to provide users with a clean, intuitive interface to interact with their scooter and with the larger Ather Community. The app is developed in native Android and iOS frameworks, and includes a redesigned, contextual home screen to have easy access to all the information the user typically needs. The company says future updates will bring in more relevant features and information which will make the app even more engaging and useful.

Tarun Mehta, co-founder and CEO, Ather Energy said: “We are happy to finally update the Bluetooth based Music & Call feature on our flagship model. With the Atherstack Atom update, we aimed at simplifying a user’s ride experience, improving convenience, and removing all mental overheads when a phone rings while also being safe. We hope that every Ather 450X owner will love the experience just like we did. Every Ather 450X delivered to date will automatically download the OTA, while the new deliveries will have the feature built-in. Our team is also working on adding more smart and connected accessories so Ather owners can have a fully integrated system."

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