Saturday, June 5, 2004

Cars with Easter Eggs

Just the other day, Ernie complained about his Treo: “I conclude having everything dependent on software (and software upgrades) creates its own set of annoyances and problems.”

True, but there’s also an emerging trend (trend? well, two that I know of so far. Good enough for me) in automobiles that have more and more software: Easter Eggs.

There’s the BMW M3 Easter Egg which lets you cheat an apparent restriction on the car; now there’s word that VW has built in similar cheats for its minivan (apparently a Europe-only model) — presumably not to do a rolling start, of course.

Ernie sees problems. I see a whole industry of cheat code magazines for your cars as gamers grow up…

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