Wednesday, February 03, 2010

How many times has your computer crashed?

And why do the car manufacturers assume that computer software won't crash in your car... and make you crash?

Toyota problems 'caused by faulty software' says Steve Wozniak:
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and a Toyota Prius owner, has suggested that the "unintended acceleration" problems affecting Toyota's cars may be caused by faulty software.

The comments, from one of the most respected figures in computer technology, will heap more pressure on the manufacturer, which is fighting to defend its reputation for reliability.

As Toyota tries to resolve issues with "sticky" accelerator pedals, The Times has learnt that the company is also conducting an internal investigation into alleged problems with the brake systems on the Prius.

Under direct instructions from the Japanese Land and Transport Ministry, Toyota is examining 13 instances since December 2009 where the brakes have failed on new Priuses sold in Japan and the United States.
We used the Cash for Clunkers program and now have a keyless car. (Don't have to get the keys out for anything except locking it... how lazy are we?) It bothers me they think this is an improvement. (In case your key battery dies or gets wet, there's a hidden key within the remote and an override that needs screw drivers and a clip to pop at the gear box.....) It's going to be one more thing to break and adds big bucks to any repairs.

I'd rather have less bells and whistles and more traditional car mechanics.

8 comments:

Steve Bates said...

IMNSHO, most cases of unintended acceleration are caused by faulty wetware...

Bryan said...

OTOH, did they test the on board computers and all of the sensors in the presence of the wireless gear people now use in a car?

The solution might be nothing more complex than a grounded metallic cover over the on-board processors.

I'm not surprised that Woz spoke about it, because it was a problem with some early Apples. I had to put a metal plate between my monitor and my IIe or squirrelly things would happen.

ellroon said...

Steve, faulty wetware will really break your discs and kill your backups...

ellroon said...

Oh great, Bryan. One more reason to keep my cellphone in a lead box....

Ali said...

I'd be more worried if they were all running Windows as their OS.

ellroon said...

But don't you WANT Windows for your car?!?/

Ali said...

lol! yes, I guess I do. Better than an apple, rotting away and smelling up the car. (although it wouldn't be the first time)

ellroon said...

I'm going to try out Google Chrome....