The first over-the-air (OTA) update for the Ather 450 has been released with an array of improvements. The improvements, most of which are based on the customer feedback, are aimed at enhancing the functionalities of the touchscreen dashboard, fixing bugs, and introducing new features.
The Ather 450 electric scooter is equipped with a sim card tech which is capable of receiving software updates automatically as and when they are released. The most important feature in the update is the addition of guide-me-home light (headlamp stays on for 20 seconds after the scooter is turned off). The feature is a boon in dimly lit parking lots.
Improvements to the touchscreen display include the addition of two trip meters, option to save work and office as favourite locations in the Navigation system, real-time safety alert notifications regarding starting of the vehicle, charging, battery status, thermals, etc., battery percentage info in addition to range left, reduced display brightness to make night rides comfortable, and tyre pressure info (which is available on a tap). The dashboard now displays the vehicle documents at a higher resolution and users can zoom in for a better view.
The software update also turns off the charger fan when the battery’s SoC (State of Charge) is high enough to reduce noise. The motor fan is disabled at low speeds to further reduce noise. The new software will keep the charger locked to the dock unless the scooter is turned on. This is to prevent unauthorized disconnection of the charger by somebody else.
Ather will be working on improving the user interface and enhance the vehicle functionalities by continuously updating its software. Thanks to the OTA feature, the 450 owners need to take their scooter to the service station to get the software updates installed.
The Ather 340 and 450 electric scooters are currently available only in Bangalore but the company is just a few days away from entering the Chennai market. More cities will be covered before the end of this year including Pune.
The Bangalore-based EV maker which is backed by Hero Motocorp recently reduced the prices of its scooters by Rs 5,000 by passing on the benefits of increased FAME-II subsidy from the government. The Ather 340 retails at INR 1.11 lakhs while the range-topping 450 with more performance and features is priced at INR 1.23 lakhs (both are on-road prices in Bangalore).