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Renault's Battery Rental Scheme Allows Remote Disabling of Zoe Electric Car

Digital Rights Management [DRM] software in Zoe electric car allows Renault to prevent a delinquent account from recharging their car.

Published: 18-Nov-2013

Renault cars are introducing a concept that the entertainment industry has been using to prevent piracy. With the automobile manufacturer, however, it might work too well if you miss a payment.

Renault, the French car manufacturer, is using DRM in their Zoe model batteries now, and you should never fail to make a payment if you depend on it. What does this mean to those of us who don’t speak technology?

It means that if your payments aren’t current, Renault can shut down your battery and render your car unusable. This could lead to a whole new meaning for “excuse my French.”

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