Posted Feb 5, 2010 12:05 UTC (Fri) by robbe (guest, #16131)
Parent article: LCA: HackAbility
> Cars can be fixed easily; anybody with a few skills can start a car
> repair business.
Not if the car is anything modern. To touch the on board computer(s) the
normal way is to license hilariously-expensive tools from the
manufacturer. Reverse engineering is made difficult by encryption (often
of the trivial-to-break-but-enough-for-the-DMCA kind).
Even if the main repair job involves no computers, it's often necessary
to access the on-board-diagnostics to reset the service-me light.