In this episode, Wayne Collins and I talked about computers in cars. This was a rather novel thing back in the early-1990s: I’d just sold my 1978 Ford F100 pickup truck, a vehicle so simple that I could replace the brakes by myself and that had electronic nothing.
We talked about onboard engine computers, service bay diagnostic systems, and early in-car GPS navigation systems.
Flash forward 11 years: it can cost hundreds of dollars to get the “check engine” light checked in your car, on-board GPS is standard in many vehicles — to say nothing of satellite radio and Bluetooth mobile phone integration.
Of all the episodes of A User’s Guide to the Future, I think this one was the most fun to research, and the one that hit the radio most fully formed.