04 Apr '14, 10pm

The cost of writing code: Space Shuttle code cost $1k/LOC. Toyota has, sadly, just broken that record.

Toyota has agreed to a $1.2 billion fine to settle a US government criminal case over unexpected acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles that resulted in injuries and deaths. A jury in Oklahoma found that, in one case at least, the culprit was the firmware. (The plaintiff's lead expert, Mike Barr, is giving a talk about the case at EELive! ) This payout is on top of another $1B settlement for the same problem . Bottom line: Poor firmware has cost the company staggering amounts of cash. Testimony shows that the firmware wasn’t just suffering from a bug. Instead it was reeking with problems . One has to wonder what the engineers were thinking. Everyone in this industry faces twin pressures: to be fast and to go cheap. Deliver now, and cut engineering costs. I have no insight into how many person-hours went into the Toyota code, nor do I know the delivery schedule. But let’...

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