Something suspicious is going on: Federal regulators are studying whether sudden acceleration in Toyotas has to do with cosmic rays. They affect the computers in airplanes and spacecraft, so why not Toyotas too?
The design of Toyota’s microprocessors, memory chips and software could make them more vulnerable to these space particles than the computers inside cars from other automakers.
On the Free Press website, Justin Hyde quotes Sung Chung, who runs a California testing company, as saying, “I think it could be a real issue with Toyota,” but Hyde quotes a Toyota spokesman as saying that their engines are “robust against this type of interference.”
And WHERE you drive your Toyota doesn’t matter: Hyde quotes radiation expert William Price as saying that this type of radiation “occurs virtually anywhere. It doesn’t happen in a certain locale like you would expect in an electromagnetic problem from a radio tower or something else.”
Whether you drive a Toyota or not, when YOU
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