Some Honda cars are involved in Shoddy coding in 2002

Some Honda cars are involved in Shoddy coding in 2002

Some Honda car owners have recently discovered themselves in something of a time curve. Since the beginning of the year, car manufacturers' forums have been flooded with reports of people complaining that the clocks and calendars in their vehicles are in operation in 2002.

The issue seems to be broad. It affects Honda and Acura models with GPS navigation systems made between 2004 and 2012, and there have been reports of human encounters with the problem in the US, Canada and the UK. Other than that, there doesn't seem to be a solution right now. Every time someone starts their car, the clock resets - even if they have set it beforehand.

"Honda is aware of potential concerns related to the display of the watch on some older Acura and Honda models with navigation systems," said a spokesman for the automaker. . "We are currently investigating this issue to determine what the possible measures are and we do not have further details to share at this time."

The problem seems to come from a coding overview. When a GPS satellite broadcasts the date, it does so using a 10 - digit binary number that describes the week. One time GPS takes 1023 weeks, with the system going over 1,024 weeks. After the first GPS systems began counting time in 1980, they went over in 1999, and then again in 2022. If a system is not properly coded to account for it these repeats, the only thing that can happen is what we see here with Honda's vehicles: they go back to when the calendar started.

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Ironically, this is not the first time Honda car owners have run into this problem. Back in, their clocks were reset to 1998 at Honda and Acura models from 1999 to 2004 with navigation systems. In each case, the clocks went back just 1,024 weeks. Time knows how to make fun of everyone, but it would seem to have a special place for Honda software developers.

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