Computers versus automobiles
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If GM had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”
- Automobiles would frequently crash for no apparent reason. This would be so common that motorists would simply accept it, restart their car and continue driving.
- Occasionally, for no reason, all doors would lock, and motorists could only enter their vehicle by simultaneously lifting the door handle, turning the key, and holding the radio antenna.
- Vehicles would occasionally shut down completely and refuse to restart, requiring motorists to reinstall their engine.
- Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to relearn to drive because all controls would operate in a new manner.
- Whenever roadway lines are repainted motorists would need to purchase a new car that accommodates the new “operating system.”
- Cars could normally carry only one passenger unless the motorist paid extra for a multi-passenger license.
- Apple would make a car powered by the sun, more reliable, five times as fast, that required half the effort to drive, but could operate on just five per cent of roads.
- Oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single 'general car default' warning light.
- Airbags would ask, 'Are you sure?' before deployment.
- Vehicle buyers would be required to also purchase a set of deluxe road maps from Rand-McNally (a GM subsidiary), regardless of whether or not they want it. A trained mechanic would be required to delete them from the glove compartment.
- To shut off the engine motorists would press the 'start' button.
Extract from VTPI.