Chevy Fixes Corvette's Dangerous 'Frunk' Issue

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With a simple over-the-air update.

One of the coolest things about new cars with built-in internet connectivity is that in order to issue a software update to the entire US fleet, often, all an automaker has to do is push an automatic over-the-air (OTA) software patch. Tesla was the first to embrace the technology, administering the auto industry's first OTA operating system update for the Model S back in 2012.

Since then, GM has embraced the technology, too, giving the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette a brand new electrical architecture that will readily accept official OTA updates. The feature is already being put to good use, as GM rolls out a patch to solve a reported issue involving the mid-engine sports car's front trunk, or "frunk."

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Here's a quick recap: back in July, we reported on customer complaints submitted to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that alleged the 2020 Corvette's frunk could, under some circumstances, open while the car was being driven. That's obviously a huge safety concern; like most trunk lids, the Corvette's frunk lid is opaque, and opaque things are quite difficult to see through when, say, they fly up and obscure much of your windshield. GM saw the risks, issuing a voluntary recall, followed by a Stop Delivery Order sent to the entire Chevrolet dealer network.

Both those actions were carried out just earlier this month, and now, just weeks later, the Corvette's Chief Engineer is explaining how an OTA software update will address the issue.

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To help mitigate the risk of unintended frunk openings on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, GM's OTA software update is changing how the key fob must be manipulated in order to successfully open the frunk, from two quick presses of the frunk-open button to one quick press followed by one press-and-hold. It's believed that this ought to reduce the chances of owners accidentally opening the frunk with the key fob jostling around in their pocket.

In addition, the maximum speed at which the car can be driven with the frunk open is being reduced from 82 to 26 mph. Frankly, we'd like to have a few words with whoever thought it was a good idea to allow speeds of up to 82 mph with the frunk open. That just has disaster written all over it.

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