Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Drive-By-Wire Systems

With Toyota's reputation for quality now sullied beyond repair, the "accelerator sticking" problem started as a loose floor mat issue, then turned into a mechanical problem, and is now a possible software bug in the drive-by-wire system. Of course that makes it even harder to investigate since you need good programmers to to do that kind of work. And it doesn't help when the safety authority apparently doesn't employ any software engineers. Let me guess, they'll probably out source the investigation. Perhaps even to the same people who wrote the code in first place!

OK, I'm just made up that last part, but it isn't completely impossible.

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