Wired News: Microsoft Software in Every Car?: Okay, they had me here right up until that last sentence.
“We’d like to have one of our operating systems in every car on Earth,” said Dick Brass, vice-president of Microsoft’s automotive business unit. “It’s a lofty goal.”
Cars with the Microsoft software will speak up when it’s time for an oil change. They’ll warn drivers about wrecks on the road ahead and scout alternative routes. They’ll pay freeway tolls automatically. The software running their brakes will upgrade itself wirelessly.
Microsoft software…running my brakes? Microsoft aside, I’d get nervous with any computer “running my brakes.” Perhaps if it controlled some ancillary feature like ABS or something, but for the core “stop the moving vehicle” functionalty, I want to make sure there’s an unbroken hydraulic connection between my foot and the brake pad. Drive by wire just freaks me out.