An' he said: "I'm outa-site!"
He said, for a nominal service charge,
I could reach nervonna t'nite."
The phenomenon can trigger software crashes that leave no trace. Unlike radio-wave interference, there's no way to physically block particles; such errors typically have to be prevented by a combination of software and hardware design.
Electronic throttle controls such as the ones under scrutiny in Toyota's are widespread in the industry. They're more reliable than mechanical links; they save weight and space; and they make other technology, such as stability control, possible.
Toyota staunchly defends its electronics, saying they were designed for "absolute reliability." The automaker said its systems "are not the same as typical consumer electronics. The durability, size, susceptibility and specifications of the automotive electronics make them robust against this type of interference.
"The Mystery Man got nervous
An' he fidget around a bit.
He reached in the pocket of his Mystery Robe
An' he whipped out a shaving kit!"
A minuscule portion of cosmic radiation falls to Earth. It's not enough to harm humans, but the risk of errors has grown as circuits in computers and cellphones on the ground have shrunk to the width of several dozen atoms.
And why will Toyota not release the data from their on-board event data recorders?
"Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?"