Remember “Y2K,” when everyone gasped on New Year’s Eve . . . bracing for the end of the world?
Well, now there’s a glitch in some Honda cars that’s like a mini-Y2K.
After New Year’s, the clocks on some Honda and Acura cars switched to 2002 . . . 20 years back in time, back before those cars even existed.
It’s affecting models with navigation systems as old as 2004 and as new as 2012 . . . and if your car is one of the ones that went back in time, you’ll just have to deal with it, because there’s no fix yet.
Honda is aware of the issue, and they’re investigating. The good news is that it isn’t permanent. Worst case, they say it will correct itself in August, although it’s possible that they find some kind of fix before that.
It’s likely that they already know the cause of the glitch. Some software engineers online say that it has to do with how time is coded in GPS devices. Every 20 years, a GPS clock needs to “roll over,” and for whatever reason, it looks like these clocks didn’t do that.
(You can read more about that at Jalopnik.com.)