Drive-by-wire is coming. Most auto manufacturers are planning to replace the physical, mechanical connections between driver and steering, braking and acceleration systems with electronics. Moreover, most plan on implementing adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance and active suspensions. The industry has not yet, however, agreed upon one standard network bus that meets the safety requirements needed for such actions. Four automotive giants, including BMW and DaimlerChrysler, have decided to back a safety-critical bus standard other than that recently endorsed by Audi AG, creating concern within the industry that, without the single bus standard that most agree is necessary, progress will be retarded.
In related news, Microsoft has released the first portion of its Car.Net framework, Windows CE OS for automobiles.