I Might Be Able to Repair Cars After All

I often tell people that in our modern world software is everywhere. I had no idea how much software was in cars. Here are two quotes from Manfred Broy in IEEE Spectrum:

[A] premium-class automobile … probably contains close to 100 million lines of software.

The cost of software and electronics can reach 35 to 40 percent of the cost of a car … with software development contributing about 13 to 15 percent of that cost.

When I first met Su, her Grandmother asked me, “What can you do?” I said I was a programmer. She asked me again, “No. No. What can you do with your hands? What can you make?” From her point of view I was pretty useless. Her husband was a tool and die maker and made all the cupboards in her kitchen. When he got older he made himself a wood splitter that we still use. He could certainly make things.

I never imagined that I would be able to repair a car. I might have been wrong.

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