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Unless my car can drive itself, I will always disconnect any of this "IoT writ large" bullshit. I have my phone for navigation. My car does not need a cellular transceiver or a GPS antenna and I will happily rip both of them out by the wires.

You can only go so far with it. Fundamentally it scares me that I no longer have a mechanical connection between myself and the brakes, or other drivetrain components.

You should be able to pump the breaks with a pedal in the case of a power breaking failure. That doesn't mean the car can engage the break via other means.

What gets me is electronic parking breaks, as that feels like it goes against the while purpose of the parking break.

What do you mean? Brakes must be mechanically connected, I believe it's the law here.

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