KEITH ADAMS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

Argh! Here we go again. The idea that if cars with black boxes on them canÕt be worked on is so out of date as to be laugh­able. If we take the view that the next gen­er­a­tion of cars to be­come Ôclas­sicÕ are 20 years old, weÕre pre­sented with many, many fit­ted with en­gine man­age­ment. My ex­pe­ri­ence is that cars of this age have ECUs, which any half­com­pe­tent kid with a lap­top and a lead can crack into and work on. If weÕre in a sit­u­a­tion where an ECU is phys­i­cally dam­aged (wa­ter etc), most printed cir­cuit boards can be re­paired, and their con­tents be re-up­loaded from a saved source. Be­yond that, thereÕs al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing new ECUs from scratch, and we have abun­dant mini-com­put­ers, such as the Rasp­berry Pi, which can be adapted to suit. Noth­ing elec­tron­i­cally from the 1980s or 1990s canÕt be fixed or re­built. And equally, go­ing for­wards, I doubt that cur­rent tech­nol­ogy wonÕt be cracked by en­ter­pris­ing kids and their lap­tops. IÕm more con­cerned about in­te­rior parts and body pan­els than elec­tron­ics.

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