International Business machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

Computer-implemented vehicle software updates are performed using computer technology. The computer is able to monitor vehicle data, determines if a new software update is required, requests validation from the network updates vehicle software with the latest software update and receives an updated blockchain entry that is associated to the vehicle, and uses the updated vehicle software to control the vehicle.

The invention is generally applicable for secure updates to software particularly multi-variable secure car software downloads.

Software is used to monitor engine performance, as well as other functions. Over the course of the vehicle, the software may require updating to correct issues or make changes to regulations that impact the performance of the vehicle.

The growth of self-driving vehicles increases the number of controls available to software that can be used to regulate the steering, acceleration, braking and other decisions previously made by the driver’s human. The rules for cars will shift from regulating human activity to governing software content as control shifts from humans to machines. Regulations can change over time and may differ from one geographical area to another , requiring vehicles to apply updates as they are made available and when the vehicle shifts between zones that have different rules.

The invention includes methods, systems, and computer-readable media to safely update vehicle Software. In this scenario the computer analyzes car data, determines a new software update is required, and requests validation from the network, then updates the vehicle’s software with the most recent software update, receives an updated Blockchain ledger entry, and then utilizes the latest vehicle software to control it.

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