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Tesla has lead the way here.

This is nothing different than software as a service.

Because the backend will require constant employment and overhead of skilled programmers, this business model makes sense as the vehicle becomes more and more of a service provider. Nothing different than turning on and off satellite radio for a monthly fee.

No, BMW had DRM inside car modules >20 years ago. You had to go to the dealer to 'pair' replacement parts, otherwise car wouldnt even start. All under the guise of immobiliser, totally not killing third party repair/used parts market!


They are all also pretty notable for exorbitant replacement key costs.

"As a service" is fine but paying extra cost and weight for non-usable hardware on my new car is annoying for me.

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