- Published: Wednesday, 16 March 2011
- Written by Jon Chandler
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John Titus has an interesting look at the maintenance issues created by the increasing use of "smart" electronics in cars.
"Automobile repair shops have a beef with auto manufacturers over who can repair vehicles. Many repair shops want to replace "programmable" components but the auto companies won't release the details of how to program these devices for fear of opening their intellectual property to all takers. A story in the 10 February 2011 Wall Street Journal explained that after a mechanic replaced a windshield-wiper switch in a 2004 Saab, the car wouldn't start. The switch needed an "initialization" at a Saab dealer..."