Car owners will pay more in fees and subscriptions after 3g sunsets.

Car manufacturers have long been generating money through subscription over-the-air (OTA) software updates. But with 3G capabilities set to expire in 2022, things could get even more expensive for car owners.

OTA updates are a hot topic for vehicles owners who resent paying for new services. I reported earlier in the year about Mercedes-Benz introducing an OTA subscription update to the all-electric luxury salon Mercedes-Benz EQ to modify the rear-axle steering with a ten-degree steering angle

Fast-forward to this week, Toyota has consumers up in arms by setting an end date to free subscriptions for key fob remote start capabilities. This functionality is now only available with a Remote Connect subscription. for many drivers. Via a corresponding mobile app, the key fob makes it possible for drivers to monitor, lock, or start their cars with their smartphones. 

According to Toyota, vehicles with Premium Audio can trial the feature for the next three years, and with the newer Premium Audio up to 10 years.But otherwise, car owners will need to pay for a subscription to continue using the key fob’s remote start. It’s a price of either $8 a month or (currently) $80 a year. That’s a lot of money for something you’ve previously enjoyed for free.

Credit: Toyota