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The Morning After: New York Governor signs weakened repair rights bill


New York Governor Kathy Hochul is finally signed a bill of rights to repair into law, more than half a year since the state legislature was passed. Representatives from Microsoft and Apple urged Hochul’s office to demand the change, as did the industry association TechNet, which represents many well-known technology companies, including Amazon, Google, Dell and HP. Critics say the amendments would weaken the law’s validity. The bill’s revised language does not include business electronic devices, such as those used in schools and hospitals. Home appliances, motor vehicles, medical equipment, and off-road equipment are also previously exempt.

Although the goal of the right to repair bill when it was first proposed was undermined. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a collection of consumer advocacy organizations, said in a statement to Engadget: “Such changes could limit the benefits of field computing. study and most of the products currently in use.” It continued: “The bill now excludes some smartphone circuit boards from parts that are required by manufacturers to sell and requires repair shops to post unwieldy warranty language.”

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Even the production declines of recent years and supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic have not been able to impede the industry’s momentum. The International Energy Agency in January reported that electric vehicles tripled their market share from 2019 to 2021 with 6.6 million units sold globally last year. And while 2022 is eventful, 2023 and beyond could be even bigger for the electric vehicle industry. We are looking forward to the launch of EVs including the VW ID.3; Lucid Gravity, Polestar 3, Jeep (one of four!) and Honda’s Prologue SUV.

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