Yeah it’s progress, what’s going to be important is if they have quick partial recharge times like the Tesla cars say. After 150 odd miles of twisty’s on a bike I’d want a coffee break so could recharge and if that would take you to a full tank then would be good
The same could be said for Tesla. I was reading a couple of weeks ago about a guy in the US who rejected his Tesla, because of the fit and finish of the vehicle. Apparently none of the gaps between the doors, the bonnet, and the boot lined up and was clearly visible, and had features that came with the car removed remotely because there had been a mistake on the order. He did go into quite a detail reason why.
Also think back to the history of Japanese bikes. When they first started making them they had lots of problems and it took years for them to resolve those and finally surpass other manufacturers for reliability and build quality.
Gotta say, I think you’re looking at it from the wrong direction there. The benefit of a connected vehicle is it gets continuously improved. They don’t disable stuff, they enable it. The legacy manufacturers approach of only giving you new stuff with a new vehicle seems absolutely absurd after living with constant updates.
Could you imagine if you bought a phone and it didn’t receive any updates? Security or otherwise. Old people might be happy with that, but that would be a hell no from me.
The feeling of getting a notification on your phone for a new car update is awesome. Every month or two I get new features which I would otherwise have to either buy a new car for or buy some third party product. It’s a night and day different customer experience.
One of the ones I thought was really good. Is all those cameras, when it first came out you could not use those to record, a little while ago they released an update so you plug in a USB stick and from then on you could use them as dashcams.
Not sure why other manufacturers have not done the same!!
I think the push for autonomous vehicles will drive this more than political will, or green campaigning. AVs are struggling to understand pedestrians, and they don’t like erratic motorists either. The AV developers’ dream is to ban pedestrians, and probably motorbikes too, and make all other cars behave predictably.
It may come in under the guise of safety and do-gooding but the manufacturers will be pushing for it in the background because of AVs.