New Toyota car owners will need to pay a $8/mo so their key fob can remote-start their car. Cars before 2018 are excluded, because their internal 3G networks are about to go offline, disabling Toyota's remote control.

Every car maker is looking for ways to turn a one-time car purchase into a subscription, because technology now grants them remote control of your car. I wrote more about this phenomenon here:

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Thought experiment: what would a car maker need to be able to do to your car remotely, before you no longer felt that you owned it?

@kyle apply software updates without your approval, remotely locking the car without your ability to opt out, sending telemetry without your approval

@michel_slm There are current cars on the market that can do all three.

@kyle oh I know. I'm thinking of one in particular from a company owned by an egomaniac

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