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Mercedes Locks Faster Acceleration Behind a $1,200 Annual Paywall
Mercedes is the latest manufacturer to lock auto features behind a subscription fee, with an upcoming “Acceleration Increase” add-on that lets drivers pay to access motor performance their vehicle is already capable of. From a report: The $1,200 yearly subscription improves performance by boosting output from the motors by 20-24 percent, increasi … ⌘ Read more

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@slashdot hmmm… After programmed obsolescence, limiting the lifespan of the products you buy, now with Subscription paywalls you get limits during the lifetime of your product.

So basically you are buying a restricted product, and most people can’t do anything due to a lack of options at reasonable prices… What can be done?

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@marado yeah, obviously monetary interests shape the products availability and regulations are useful for control those interests. (Although my anarchist friends are not that happy of fighting companies with state power, but that’s another convo)

Recently I watched this video on Apple not replacing Lightning with USB-C, being the main reason licencing fees. And that only changes until EU requires it by law.

I worked for a few industries putting walls on the ecosystem, by design, and I think lack of competence makes it even harder. Mainly for B2C.

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This is disgusting. I’ve been talking about this for a while now. First Toyota, then Mercedes with their subscription -based seat warmers, now Mercedes again with an “Acceleration” add-on subscription?! 🤦‍♂️ Who the hell do we have to sue to stop this madness?! @marado is right, this is DRM hell and we need to teach consumers to understand the traps they are falling into.

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