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

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    Clearly, KITT is a Cylon scout in disguise. Apr 14, 2012 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 :) Dec 10, 2015 at 16:40

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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.


In The Second Season Chapter 4 of Knight Rider ("Merchants of Death"), there is a funny scebe between KITT and Michael Knight and two bikers very similar to a scene from Galactica between two bikers and a spacial vehicle in the shape of a motorcycle that can fly and can also travel as a motorcycle (this Galactica scene was set in the Earth). Of course, Glen A. Larson was the creator of both series and the writer of both scenes.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Other than an additional minor point of similarity you don't really have anything to add to the existing answer that has a referenced answer. Please don't post comments as answers; when you earn some reputation you'll be able to leave comments on posts. You might want to take the tour.
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