Knight Rider "82' Knight Rider" T-Shirt. Before Knight Rider returned in Knight rider 2000 (Circa 1991) and Knight Rider 2010 (Circa 1994) and all the other spin-offs there was the original: 1982 Knight Rider, a television series that stared David Hasselhoff that ran on CBS until 1986. Knight Riders Smart car is arguably the first vehicle to use what appeared to be a modern GPS. In retrospect it is kind of amazing that they predicted this technology nearly to a tee. 1982 Knight Rider may very well be responsible for the path of digital technology as we know it.