Computers are wonderful tools, truly amazing, but I for one am getting tired of their being used for EVERYTHIING automotive! Engine operation is truly much more accurate, immediate, and better done by computers (that includes choking the intake, the thread's original subject), but jeeze, can't I keep control of my radio and my heating and cooling systems?
Must I interact with a multilevel menu on a computer just to change my radio station?
Must I interact with a computer to change my heating/cooling duct configuration?
Must I have to study the details of the operator's manual to understand the multitude of automatic things my car keeps doing?
Why did I have to get and follow an "initialization protocol" (distributed to the dealers via a TSB) to reprogram my windows to operate after my battery was changed?
Why did I have to get another initialization TSB to get my power roof to operate again?
There is no mention of these TSBs in the owner's manual, by the way. As simple as they were, the average owner would have to take the car to a dealer and pay an hour's shop time to get the windows or roof to operate again.
Why can I no longer simply pop a hood and rev the engine (it's all controlled "by wire" now)?
My mom, were she still here, could never operate a new car now. She was a safe driver until the end, but even then her car's controls confused her. Older people often simply aren't computer compatible. IMHO they shouldn't have to be.
In summary, computers are wonderful tools. They operate the engine far better than any human could.
But must they take over all driver comfort and driver preference controls too?
PostScript: I miss my '64 Fairlane.