Journal: Your car computer may kill you

03 Economy, IO Sense-Making
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By John C. Dvorak

BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — As more research is done into the recall of certain vehicles made by Toyota Motor Corp., the more likely it is that the sudden-acceleration phenomenon due to supposedly faulty gas pedals may actually be a software glitch.

Phi Beta Iota: The US Government has never taken electronics as seriously as the Soviet Union or more recently China and India (and probably Russia and Brazil).  Soviet emission standards were known in the 1980’s to be ten times tougher than ours.  Our lack of code documentation was known to be a major problem in the 1980’s, and in the 1990’s the USAF and CIA both knew that our drone communications could be hacked easily.  Now we find out that car computers (not just Toyota, all car computers–in fact all computers that are not subject to open source software safeguards)–can kill us.  Why is this not a surprise?