I had to check into this and I think I got it right. This will give IT folks a huge chuckle.
Remember when the complainers (including me) said what if Micros**t made a car? GM is fairly reliable, but if the folks from Redmond had a hand in it; how would it perform? The joke was to shut the engine off, everyone do a Chinese fire drill, get back in and proceed on their way. Wonder no more folks we have the answer!
"As part of its ongoing efforts to control costs, provide a level playing field for racing teams, and sustain safety, the FIA in the spring of 2006 invited manufacturers of automotive electronics to propose a standardized ECU for inclusion in all Formula One cars for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 championships. The FIA chose the ECU solution developed by McLaren Electronics Systems"
Neat looking box!
So far McLaren is still producing the universal box for ALL teams as required by the FIA. Now here's the good part: Who did McLaren get to help write the code and provide the OS?
"McLaren Electronics and Microsoft have worked together closely, developing Formula One technologies."
"McLaren Electronic Systems saw immediate value in the Microsoft Application Platform and, in particular, the FILESTREAM feature of Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 database software. New for SQL Server 2008, FILESTREAM integrates the SQL Server Database Engine with the NT File System (NTFS) by storing binary data as files on the file system while letting the data remain an integral part of the database and maintaining transactional integrity. Transact-SQL statements are used to insert, update, query, and back up the FILESTREAM data within the database. In the meantime the existing client tool can use Win32 file system interfaces for streaming access to the data as if reading and writing to a file."
So I hope you're still with me here, but ever since the standard ECU was introduced the teams have been plagued by engines shutting off, going into odd modes, and transmissions locking up refusing to shift. Now with all the heat and electrtic braking/regen operations they foul up even more.
What is causing all this? It's hard to believe, but I think it might be true. I'm guessing we are seeing a classic Windows crash!
And now you know what a car designed by Micros**t would run like. The sad part is watching drivers going down the road at 200 mph trying to keep it out of the gravel and rebooting their ECUs.
Edited by Stout_fan, 03 December 2019 - 04:16 PM.