JP Mechanic Shop Owner, Computer Repairer, Discuss Aftermath of Question 1

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.