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Examine Software for Vehicle Safety, Not Just Hardware

I've been hearing from various news sources that the groups who are responsible for verifying the safety of vehicles don't have the experience and expertise to examine the newer electronic and computerized components of cars. I've read that actions are being taken to remedy the situation, but I've heard no mention of software.

As cars are more and more computerized, the physical components will be more and more under the control of software. It is critical that the government require all car manufacturers to allow some kind of scrutiny of this software code. Companies are notoriously shy about letting people examine their software code, even when errors in that software could cost lives. Without looking at the original software code, it's like examination of a car with the hood welded shut.

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