Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Crissie asks: Is it legal to permanently disable things like ASS and Lane Keep Assist? I don’t want either of these and consider them deal-breakers as far as buying a new car but would “unplugging” them make my car fail either emissions or safety inspections, which are mandatory in my state?
My reply: Good news! Neither ASS – automated stop/start – nor the various driver “assistance” technologies being forced down our throats by the car companies are being forced down our throats by the government. They are not part of the mandatory suite of saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety equipment (as air bags are) nor (as regards ASS) a component of the vehicle’s federal emissions control system. And so, you may legally cripple/defeat/curb stomp these features at your pleasure. It will require a software hack in most cases but should be doable, for someone who is “hip” and “with it” as regards dealing with these got-damned computers!
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