A motorist can quickly lose control over his or her vehicle if the computer systems onboard malfunction. The computers on a car or truck are responsible for controlling many different aspects of the vehicle’s important systems, such as the transmission and throttle. A malfunction that affects either the hardware of these computers or their software programs can seriously endanger a motorist’s safety.
TYPES OF CAR COMPUTER FAILURES
The computer systems in motor vehicles control a variety of important components by collecting information with a network of sensors then analyzing it with a computer. These computers can then determine what actions will make the basic operation of the vehicle the most efficient or safest.
Unfortunately, the following issues can arise if a car computer fails:
- Engine problems
- Transmission errors
- Anti-lock brake issues
- Loss of electronic stability assistance
- Loss of driver assistance systems
In some cases, a problem may occur with the electric system in the vehicle. This can effectively shut off a computer system. In addition to these problems, software errors may push the vehicle to operate in an entirely unintended, unsafe manner that could lead to a potential accident.