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Your next car update could leave you stranded. Tech glitch immobilizes vehicles

An error during the update of the Ford caused the car to completely lock up.
An error during the update of the Ford caused the car to completely lock up.
Images source: © X | @danluu

6:45 AM EST, December 27, 2023

The progressive development of vehicles has resulted in a heavy integration of technology. As a result, it's challenging to escape illuminated screens and digital tablets. Indeed, even the essential functions of vehicles are now deeply intertwined with electronics and computer systems, bringing along their benefits and drawbacks.

Just a decade or a little more ago, no one would have guessed that we'd be able to update our car's systems independently, let alone need such an update. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, transforming our world every day. This progress, however, can also bring forth new challenges that we'll have to adapt to in our daily lives.

A former Twitter, Microsoft, and Google employee, Dan Luu, highlighted a fresh issue for car owners on platform X (previously known as Twitter). In his post, the Canadian shared a cautionary tale about a system update in his Ford - an update that didn't proceed as planned.

Unfortunately, something went wrong during the loading of a new software version. The system didn't revert to its previous settings or ignore the error, as you might expect in computing systems. Instead, the owner was greeted with an unanticipated message stating that they couldn't drive their car due to the system blocking its start-up capability.

"Regrettably, the latest software update failed. The vehicle cannot be used. We sincerely apologize and will make every effort to resolve this issue as swiftly as possible," was the message displayed on the car's screen. It also included a customer service number and instructions on how to tow the vehicle.

Less than 24 hours after the photo was shared, the post was viewed over 15 million times, quickly becoming a viral sensation. A considerable majority of commenters agree that the reality of a future, or rather the present, where a faulty update can disable a car is quite unsettling.

- No one ever warned us about this in "Blade Runner". This future looks bleak.
- Imagine if you're stranded somewhere remote. Utter chaos is unleashed, and a new phobia is unlocked.
- This is sheer madness. One would assume that [Ford] would have designed the system to revert back to its previously functioning version.
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