I guess the question should be asked as to where the line is between when a user should and shouldn't expect a device to work. Especially in the coming age of drivers less cars.
I can easily see a case where each driver-less car will need to talk to a mother-ship if for no other reason than syncing with other cars around it, getting new GPS maps, etc.
I think most people would be rightly disappointed if their car was suddenly bricked and unable to work due to the car's manufacturer end of lifeing their car.
Where is the line between bricking a $300 device and a $30,000 device?
The only close analogy that quickly comes to mind is video games. Most now require online servers to play, or at least get the most out of them. Some companies like ID software have been good about releasing the required code to keep their games online long after they no longer want to support them, others companies have been, ummm, less willing or able to do so.
Reminds me of prepaid gas and water meters in the UK. They started out only doing them for those who missed payments or had poor credit, but now they're everywhere. Most new homes get a prepay meter which they can wirelessly disconnect.
I'm really not clear on why this is insidious. A utility worker has the legal right to come shut it off, why shouldn't they be able to do it remotely?
Also prepaid plans are somewhere between 150GBP to 200GBP more expensive peer year, which just adds to the cost of being poor.
At least this device merely controls some devices inside a house, where it switching off is a simple inconvenience rather than a danger to life and limb.
The solution to these problems is fairly simple, at least in theory. The 'smart' device simply loses any functionality dependent on the maker's network when services are shut down. Fewer people complain about a lot of Nintendo's games losing online functionality because there's a single player and various options that doesn't dependent on it. So if Mario Kart 8 or Luigi's Mansion 2 has its servers go offline, you've got a perfectly decent game which simply loses online multiplayer.
In these cases, if the services goes away, it should simply become a normal device that the user configures themself independently of the company's network.
Forget the high end products with their fancy features and instead stick with reliable basic/mid range products that will last for decades rather than years.
Just about on par with those vacuum tube TV sets of the past millenium.
That is not the answer most countries are implanting.
You use whatever app to summon a car. You give it a destination, and instead, the car makes a detour to the local police station. the address you entered is in a higher crime rate locality, and therefore the car owner approved further "screening". So the car goes to the local police station for a routine search of the car (authorized by car owner) and a dog search of you...
That kind of future is one I am worried about.
and i am also pretty sure even a bad lawyer could get you a criminal kidnap case out of this.
From a ridiculous bullshit standpoint, arrest by autocar isn't so far off from stop and frisk.
My search-fu fails to find you a link.