Massachusets, USA, is doing something that should have been done a long time ago: Car manufacturers are computerising their cars to a greater and greater degree. This is great – more power, more control, more safety, more fun.

Unfortunately, the software and interfaces for these computers are closed – repairmen are not given access to manuals or other information that allows them to manipulate the computer. Thus they have serious trouble making repairs that they should be able to make easily.

Massachusets is sponsoring a bill that forces the car manufacturers to give over all the information necessary to make repairs on cars to whoever wants them; independent garages, or just you.

COMMENTARY: Right-to-repair bill shifts control from dealer to owner – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger.