Patrick Lombard, a mechanic and owner of West Cork Auto on Centre Street, can get all the information he needs to diagnose car problems by plugging an expensive computer into a standardized port located under a car’s dashboard. In the future he may be using an app instead. “Telematics is definitely becoming more and more common,” says Lombard, referring to electronic data that is collected and sent wirelessly from vehicles to automakers. Telematics was at the heart of Massachusetts ballot Question 1, which passed by an overwhelming majority on Nov. 3.
Let's say you take your vehicle to a local auto mechanic and they can't fix your vehicle because they don't have access to mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair. So you then have to take your vehicle to a dealership and, let's be honest, pay a lot more money because that's how dealerships roll. That's what Question 1 is about. You should have access to all the diagnostic information to your vehicle, and also be able to have that info provided to whomever you want to have the info. The Massachusetts Right to Repair coalition is leading the charge to say YES to Question 1.