The pilot episode of the 2008 Knight Rider TV series went to great lengths to establish continuity with the original series. For example, the 2008 Michael Knight is the son of the original (Hasselhoff), and KITT (3000) is the successor to KITT (2000).
It seems like this continuity was discarded throughout the (single) season. In particular, there were several statements that seemed to infer that KITT (3000) was the first AI of its type, when really it was just an improved version of KITT (2000). Towards the end of the season, it is revealed that
KITT (3000) was created to try and improve the AI for KARR.
Does this fit into the original storyline in some way that I'm missing? If not, is there any information available about why they moved away from keeping continuity after putting so much effort into it with the pilot? (For example, commentary or interviews - not speculation).