Reflect on this what do we really know about all the software code in any vehicle?
That you are a consumer, or an ardent gear head what do you really know about the siftware code, and how it manipulates the performance of a vehicle.
A few months ago we speculated that we were in the dark and shared our thoughts in The Computer Code Epiphany.
Reflect on this for a moment, if you now get a manual the size of a phone book of a small town to operate the center screen on the dash. Imagine a manual clarifying the codes and algorithms for the various black boxes in any vehicle.
Lets get it out of the way now, without software we would not see the horsepower we are enjoying, or the safety we take for granted today. There is no way that any mechanical set up would generate the same results.
At the same time there is a classic case of "Big Brother" watching with the various flash memories in a bunch of boxes.
Think of AV's for a moment, who will know what the decision tree is in the software code, it might be safer than the human driving, but will we know?
When you flick from "normal" to "sport" you can immediately sense the engine revving up higher, the transmission hanging on to a gear a little longer. What else is going on? Do you know? If you do let us know.
What needs to happen to trigger the "stability control" on a vehicle? Do you know? From our experience a steady 4 wheel sideways slide will not trigger the stability control, unless you change the steering angle. If you are in a 4 wheel sideways slide and wait for the stability control to engage, you might wait until you get in deep yogurt, unless you alter the steering angle.
By now you know that we rarely mention or talk about fuel economy. Our mantra is simple "You need gas to make horsepower". Irrelevant if what engine is under the hood, you still need gas to make horsepower. Reflect on this for a moment...back in the day with a 4 barrel carburetor the jets on the secondaries were always bigger (flow more gas), and you could also get a "double pumper" literally running on all 4 barrels all the time.
Think of a modern vehicle, you step on the gas, you are sending a signal from one box to another, the air mass sensor concludes how much air is flowing, sending another signal to the injectors to start metering the flow of gas, then another signal goes to the transmission for how long to stay in a gear. Let's not forget the oxygen sensor sending another signal to control emissions. If all the signals are too aggressive the traction control will start to engage. If its an all when drive various signals will alternate torque from the front and rear wheels.
This is constantly going on in nano seconds in any vehicle.
Back in the day if you throttle up a tillte aggressive at a traffic light especially after a light rain there was a good chance that the back end (rear wheel drive) would break lose and the car shift sideways a wee bit (especially with a positraction). You would pedal the car and upshift if you had a clutch pedal and gently throttle up again. Today you feel the back end of the car bog down, the traction light starts flickering in the dash, you still pedal the car to turn off the traction control, and in most instances the car will not upshift, you gently throttle up again.
The software is the primary mover, and we are along for the ride up to a point. Reflect on this for a moment, and connect a few additional dots.
Then connect a few additional dots about a virus, or hacking the software in any vehicle.