When cars were first invented at the beginning of the 20th century, no one would have been able to predict today’s sleek, smooth and fast automobiles with music players and flip down televisions and engineering that can push even the cheapest car to speeds those old horseless carriages couldn’t even begin to imagine. By the middle of the 21st century, gone will be the big, gas guzzling yachts, gone will even be cars you actually have to drive. By 2050, we’ll be zipping along in tiny personal pods that are autonomous, electric, smart and connected, so commuting to work will be less stress and more spreadsheets, movies and solitaire.
Apple has made literally a gazillion dollars in the last 10 years by making pretty, shiny products that force you to completely replace them when you want to upgrade and by making software only available through their walled garden system. And now, Renault wants to try the same shit in cars. The new Renault Zoe is only available through a rental contract (like a mobile phone), and if you need a new battery, you have to get one through the manufacturer of Renault’s choosing, and if you try any funny business, they’ll just brick your damn car remotely. Oh Google, please save us from this future with an open source car. For fuck’s sake, I can’t believe that’s actually going to be a phrase one day.