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Toshiba Ships 26 Million Automotive-Grade Hard Drives

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The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced that a leading German luxury car manufacturer is now shipping its vehicles standard with Toshiba's MK2060GSC 200GB Serial ATA automotive hard disk drives (HDD), marking 26 million automotive-grade HDDs shipped. Toshiba has led innovation in the automotive sector since launching its first automotive-grade HDD in 2000, and is the leading vendor in the automotive storage market.

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Why would I need internet access in my car? So I can drive a car with viruses and a billion toolbars?
 
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You need internet so you can twitt about the crash you just had because you were hanging on Twitter while driving... it all makes sense doesn't it?
 
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Why would I need internet access in my car? So I can drive a car with viruses and a billion toolbars?
You need internet access for online maps (like google), internet radio and traffic updates.
I yet have to hear of an OEM internet connected ICE unit that lets you "surf" the net while the vehicle is moving. Even the ones that let you tweet do it in such a fashion it doesn't distract you from driving.
Also, pretty much all of the ICE units have custom tailored OS/interfaces that don't allow "a billion toolbars" or viruses.
 
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You need internet so you can twitt about the crash you just had because you were hanging on Twitter while driving... it all makes sense doesn't it?
20 car pileup happens...

"It wasn't my fault officer. I was updating my Facebook status about this @$@%@^ driver who cut me off. Really, you should be going after them. The roads aren't safe with drivers like that!"

Sadly, I can see that being done in California :rolleyes:
 

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Why not SSD drives? Yes they cost more but in a car it doesnt make a lot of difference.
 
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My Jeep has a 30GB HDD I wonder if its toshiba, its slow as heck. I do like it though you can store your own music on the HDD.
 

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Rotational media drive in a moving vehicle, sounds like a great plan. :confused:
Why not SSD drives? Yes they cost more but in a car it doesnt make a lot of difference.
That is what I was thinking because at least the movement from a moving car won't degrade performance or harm the drive. I could only imagine what the SMART logs from a drive with a sudden motion sensor would look like after being in a car for a year (assuming it survives.) :p
 

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Mechanical HDD installed in a Ford FVT raptor! I see death in 3....2.....1......
 

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Why would I need internet access in my car? So I can drive a car with viruses and a billion toolbars?
no, so that you can play angry birds during rush hour jams.


in seriousness, its used for GPS and other stuff mainly. i am hoping for a future where cars can get an over the air ECU upgrades :)
 
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Internet service in a car is just one more distraction (for most drivers), that should not exists. Car makers have exhausted new usable features so they have been resorting to gimmicks for years, much the same as the PC industry with LED cooling fans, windowed PC cases, DRAM top mounted heatsinks and cooling, etc. The clueless line up to buy this crap be it in PCs or cars. There's a sucker bon every second, well quite a few more than one actually...

If these Toshiba drives are as bad as the ones I've seen in the past, they will be useless and broken in 12 months or less.
 

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nternet service in a car is just one more distraction (for most drivers), that should not exists.
I agree but drivers should be intelligent enough to know that when you have, that is your #1 responsibility. So I call this a non-issue because it's not the internet that is forcing the driver to use it.
no, so that you can play angry birds during rush hour jams.
:roll: Good thing I didn't take a job that would have had me commuting into Boston. Oy!

in seriousness, its used for GPS and other stuff mainly. i am hoping for a future where cars can get an over the air ECU upgrades
I don't like this. Think about all the people who have bricked their GPU because of a bad BIOS upgrade because the user didn't leave it alone. It's one thing if you brick your GPU, it's a completely other thing if you brick your car.

Where I agree with internet in a car for things like GPS, OnStar!, and Internet Radio, anything else seems to be a bit too much and only acts as a distraction as Jorge said.