New car features and monthly fee

November 2, 2022 Philly Pal NEWS Posts

“Now Some Features On Your New Car Come With a Monthly Fee.”

You Will Now Have To Pay A Subscription To Get Certain Features On Your Car?
Car features subscriptions are arguably one of the most shocking moneymaking trends in the auto industry. But it seems to be spreading among some of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers. Tesla recently announced that people will have pay to a monthly fee of $9.99 to access navigation, maps, and voice commands once their cars reach a certain age. And in 2019, BMW made headlines by making Apple CarPlay a subscription feature before backtracking.

However, a bill under consideration in New Jersey would prohibit car makers from requiring subscriptions to access features that use hardware already installed on a vehicle at the time of purchase. The only instance in which a fee would be acceptable is if it creates an ongoing expense to the dealer, manufacturer, or a third party. If passed, the motion made by Assemblymen Paul Moriarty and Joe Danielsen would effectively end the business practice that primarily exists to increase corporate profits.

Along with access to a car’s software and hardware, the bill also exempts third-party features like satellite radio and Wi-Fi from requiring a subscription. It will also introduce penalties of up to $10,000 for a first offense and $20,000 for subsequent violations, ARS Technica reports. But for now, the bill is just an idea and there‚Äôs no guarantee it will be passed into New Jersey law.

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