The maker of electric cars Tesla has announced that it will be upgrading the computer systems in their cars over the air, i.e. by wireless connection built into the car. This will be a mandatory upgrade, no doubt to avoid liability if any defect being cured by the upgrade caused damage to someone who had not yet installed it.
Will we need to amend the Copyright Act again (!) to avoid abuse of this kind of right, now that we can’t avoid technical protection measures?
Is there a risk of fake patches being sent out – a new form of malware that could drive you off the road?
I don’t suppose one would be able to amend the purchase contract when one buys a car, to avoid the operation of this process. One’s only protection may be to buy increasingly out-of-date cars (or rely on a bicycle…)