Millions of lines of code in modern aircraft and cars compared

Cars now contain millions more lines of code than aircraft

Average luxury auto: 100 million 

Navigation system in 2009 S-Class Mercedes-Benz: 20 million 

Average 2010 Ford Auto: 10 million 

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: 6.5 million 

US Airforce F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: 5.7 million 

US Airforce F-22 Raptor Jet: 1.7 million 

Source: John Paul MacDuffie and Takahiro Fujmoto, Why Dinosaurs Will Keep Ruling the Auto Industry

Lines of software code in Ford vehicles 

2005: 2.4 million

2009: 6 million

2010: 10 million

Sources IEEE: Automotive Designline

The volume of information needed to repair and service new cars is increasing

In 2000…

3 workshop manuals required for a Toyota Tarago.

In 2010…

31 workshop manuals required for a Toyota Tarago.

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