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You Can Reboot Your Computer; Why Not Your Car?

Forbes -- Owners of late-model Ford and Lincoln brand vehicles recently received something unusual in the mail: a thumb-sized USB flash drive.

Ford Motor mailed more than 250,000 of the tiny data storage devices to its customers in response to widespread criticism of the company’s MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch dashboard entertainment system. Each memory stick contained a much-needed software update to fix bugs and make the system faster and more user-friendly. Owners simply plug the device into their car’s USB port and follow the prompts on the dashboard screen (or have a dealer do it).

Of course, there are a couple of hitches: To install the new software, the car needs to be running for about an hour. And you can’t use the radio. (Gee, that’s not inconvenient.)


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Submitted Apr 16, 2012 By: eromitlab
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:58:02 AM

In today's world with the iPod and other devices to stream any entertainment, it's no big deal to sit there for an hour. However, it's a waste of fuel to run the vehicle that long without going anywhere.
hatmanOR
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:34:00 PM

not a good idea.
remay
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 7:35:45 AM

Hope they don't use a Microsoft OS. We'd be "rebooting" all the time!
Caduceus26
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:21:18 PM

You can. Just don't pay your parking fines. Your city parking enforcement will probably "reboot" your car for you. :-)
apiergallini
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 10:34:49 PM

I don't think the author understands what "reboot" means.
Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 7:30:24 PM

Of course, common sense solution.
fedupMN
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 4:41:53 PM

ok
Travel1st
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 12:22:19 PM

Great.
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:56:16 AM

Wow
TheMeltz
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:48:11 AM

it will all happen over WiFi or 4G eventually.
IrishCowboy
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:37:11 AM

Somehow this makes me very uncomfortable.
tomok
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:14:15 AM

Reboot my car? - I can't get my apps to update on the iphone and my car is so old it does not know what a computer is. But, using a flash card is a good way to update the cars electronics if that's how it's done. A long cable to the computer from the car is not very practicable.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible!
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
gknee09
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:12:40 AM

technology . . pros and cons
SUV2009
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 10:26:37 AM

This effect gas how!
Rehorsehay
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 10:11:07 AM

Its going to cost more to fix your car!
millerin
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 10:03:34 AM

hmmm...
KarateDude
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:45:02 AM

Just yet another computer related device to get compromised and get infected by viruses...
mikerroy
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:41:02 AM

Ok
Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:34:47 AM

Older cars were much easier to repair. All you needed in the 1930's and 1940's was a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. My dad even had a set of feeler gauges to set the gap for our spark plugs.

I remember that my uncle drove his old Ford Model A or Model T from Detroit and I would play inside his car and screw up the settings for his "Spark Advance" levers. He was not a happy camper.

[Edited by: Ken2OD at 4/16/2012 10:38:13 AM EST]
BM4225
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:27:44 AM

Heck I'm concerned that the computer chip in my 98 Malibu may fail, I understand the cost is like $500+ to replace, what will it cost in today's cars?
maxcap59
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:18:55 AM

Oh, great. If cars are going to start being as reliable as computers, I'm getting a bike!
lpatti1
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:18:15 AM

Go for it!
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:15:57 AM

why not, just no on the expressway!
RedskinGas
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:15:40 AM

So?
maske_2222
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:15:07 AM

Interesting......
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:14:51 AM

Interesting.
puinsai808
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:14:47 AM

It's just reloading the entertainment system and not the ECU.
FuelPump
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:12:37 AM

Sounds like its not quite ready for prime time!
INBwana
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:12:23 AM

Ah! A new meaning for Car Crashes!
Hunter114
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:12:23 AM

Make sure it's debugged first.
car54BC
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:12:14 AM

Strange your car has to be running for about an hour.
savingsyes
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:12:13 AM

At least they are doing something to fix the problem.
Indy1
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:11:52 AM

Like "BlueVanGroup" post.
olebufnav
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:11:44 AM

Hope they idiot-proofed this so some dodo doesn't try to load this on I-80.
Topless2012
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:11:19 AM

Stupid article.
Topless2012
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:10:50 AM

Technology will kill us.
RBob
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:09:51 AM


Good start of a good idea.

BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:09:38 AM

Found on the 'net:

From GM: If Microsoft made cars:

1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought "Car95" or "CarNT." But then you would have to buy more seats.

6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five per cent of the roads.

7. The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car default" warning light.

8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

9. The airbag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off.

10. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna.

11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department.

12. Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

13. You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.
htd2007
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:08:22 AM

since it's started from fresh each time you start your car
zimowski
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:08:21 AM

Technology is everywhere.
YarnDragon
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:07:37 AM

If it saves auto owners money...then this sounds like a good thing.
Furrykids
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:07:26 AM

I wish I could reboot my Civic
erik_8
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:07:21 AM

Later, there are more and more electronic things in car.
This will happen more often.
puinsai808
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:07:03 AM

Cool.
ChristinaCricke
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:06:47 AM

A big differences between a car and a computer!
hibsaw
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:04:49 AM

Now that will make gasoline prices go up.
BigBrat
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:04:34 AM

Can't the dealer reflash the computer???
Black Wagon
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:02:15 AM

Why do you need a dashboard entertainment system?
eddyp94
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:01:51 AM

Don't care, just lower oil prices...
ibhenry
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:01:40 AM

sounds like an easy fix.
fatboy97
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:00:43 AM

An hour to install without using your radio... there has to be a better and faster way to do this... even a smartphone is better than that and can usually do it via OTA (Over The Air).
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