Ather Energy is rolling out a new over-the-air (OTA) software update for its electric scooters, the Ather 450 Plus and Ather 450 X, that will bring a couple of useful new features, along with some functional improvements and bug fixes. The Atherstack Borg (10.2.0) OTA update is now being sent out in batches to owners of the Ather 450 X and Ather 450 Plus, and here’s all you need to know about what’s in store with this update.
Ather 450X, 450 Plus to get theft and tow detection functions
The most prominent feature of the latest OTA update for Ather’s e-scooters is theft and tow detection. Seven minutes after the Ather 450X or 450 Plus is switched off, onboard sensors will monitor activity and send a notification to the owner’s smartphone if the scooter is moved around, tampered with (in an attempt to steal) and if the scooter is lifted or picked up from its parking spot; something likely to happen if the scooter is being towed.
This feature will only be extended to Ather’s Connect Pro plan subscribers, which costs Rs 700 per three months (excluding taxes).
The other addition is the auto-theme switching for the instrument display of the Ather e-scooters. This function automatically switches between light and dark modes, as per the time of day. From 6 am to 5:59 pm, it will remain in light mode, switching to dark mode from 6 pm to 5:59 am.
Other enhancements include improved accuracy of live location, the addition of Ather Grid charging sessions in the ride logs with added support for Ather Grid 2.0, and Bluetooth staying connected even when the dashboard restarts. In terms of bug fixes, the network icon disappearance issue is said to be resolved, and Ather promises there will be no further instances of navigation continuing despite the scooter being parked.
Ather Energy is ramping up its operations across India as electric two-wheeler sales continue to rise with every passing day. Thanks to hefty state subsidies, the Ather 450X and 450 Plus are now even more affordable than before and presently retail for their lowest prices anywhere in India in the state of Maharashtra. The manufacturer is currently working on ramping up production capacity at its plant to 500,000 units a year by FY2023 (up from the 1.1 lakh unit capacity at present. By April 2022, Ather plans to have 500 charging points across India and set up shop in 50 cities, including several Tier-II locations. That number is set to rise to 100 cities by April 2023.