Or did Glen A. Larson just really like the cool effect?

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    Clearly, KITT is a Cylon scout in disguise. – Gabe Willard Apr 14 '12 at 21:40
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    It is a cool effect. I did electronics at school about 25 years ago and it was one of the first things I tried :) – Whelkaholism Dec 10 '15 at 16:40

From Wikipedia:

KITT's scanner is similar to that of Cylons from the science fiction series Battlestar Galactica. Glen A. Larson, the creator of both Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica has stated that the two shows have nothing else in common and to remove any fan speculation, he stated in the Season One Knight Rider DVD audio-comments, that he simply reused the scanning light for KITT because he liked the effect.

  • Editing my post. – Nathan C. Tresch Apr 14 '12 at 21:30
  • Much better, thanks! (Looks like my guess in the question was correct...) – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Apr 14 '12 at 21:35
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    You're welcome. You're right, of course, I didn't answer the question originally. I was going to delete my answer until I found that. :) – Nathan C. Tresch Apr 14 '12 at 21:39
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    Also, thank you for moving the link url to a link around 'Wikipedia'. In the future I'll figure out how to do that and do it myself. – Nathan C. Tresch Apr 14 '12 at 21:43
  • You're welcome. You can use the link button in the question and a similar format for comments. The section link in Wikipedia came from clicking in the table of contents on the KITT page. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Apr 14 '12 at 21:52

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