There was a story in the Financial Times the other month which indicated that Microsoft wanted to be in every car.
We already have loads of computing power in cars and trucks,
but have you considered what would happen if cars really became significantly likecomputers?
>Their power would double every few years.
>The price of a car would have gone down by about 60% every decade.
>They would take so little energy to run them that it
would be difficult to measure accurately.
Sounds great and youve probably heard such comparisons before.
But consider the rest of the picture:
>Your car would suddenly stop working several times each
week for no apparent reason and no one would know how to fix it, but sometimes
just turning if off and on a few times would do the trick. Other times you
would need to have it completely dissembled and then reassembled EXACTLY THESAME WAY and it would work perfectly.
>The car would have to go to the dealer for regular
updates every week or two and for a major rebuild every couple of months otherwise your warranty would be void.
>It would take weeks and several training sessions even
for experts to learn how to drive a new car well and use all its features,
after which you would periodically have to spend several hours on the phone to
someone in India trying to learn where the gas gage was moved during the latest
update and how to get the brake and gas pedals back on the floor and the
gearshift out of the trunk.
An unknown (but large) number of keys to the car would be
hidden under the bodywork where the owner cant see them, the manufacturer doesnt
know about them, but every thief has a diagram pinpointing their location. At
every update a few more keys would be hidden, along with an occasional copy ofyour credit history.
The mind boggles.
Is it any wonder that my favorite cars are 2 240Zs, one 1973
Trans AM, and a Sunbeam (Carol Shelby)
Tiger? The only real common denominator is that none of them have any digital