Blog: Dave LeggettBenz electronic sytems glitches

Dave Leggett | 12 June 2003

I gather Mercedes-Benz is drafting in experts from IBM and Microsoft to help improve the reliability of electronic systems fitted to M-Benz cars. Jurgen Hubbert: "The industry is fighting to solve problems that are coming from electronics and companies that introduce new technologies face additional risks. We have experienced blackouts on our cockpit management and navigation command system and there have been problems with telephone connections and seat heating."

And that's just what the boss of Mercedes-Benz passenger car division is prepared to say publicly. This doesn't exactly fill with me confidence about a future in which even more electronics is stuffed into cars. Will 'X-by-wire' face a more general electronics credibility problem? How will manufacturers reassure customers that all is well and there's nothing to worry about? We've all had PCs crash on us.


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