In re: A Toyota operating system?

Well, Toyota is not about to be competing with Microsoft, but apparently today despite all that Japanese efficiency each vehicle line that Toyota builds gets a new OS from scratch (if you had not noticed, cars these days are becoming more and more dependent on computers and mechanics now come equipped with a laptop & a wrench)  To help save money from all the rewrites Toyota is developing a standardized OS for their cars down the road.  I commented before on the possible problems of computers in cars, with the most interesting being the thought of viruses that disable breaks (most systems are pretty sealed these days, but as people hack into their cars to boost performance or fuel efficiency such problems exist)  See Wired for the story.


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