Feds Rule You Can Legally Tinker With Your Car's Software

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Hot-button issue is put to rest...for now.Now that cars are essentially computers on wheels, members of the auto industry are raising some important questions. While some automakers say computer systems found in today's cars should be protected by intellectual property rights, organizations like the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) maintain these rules would unfairly prevent owners from servicing or modifying their own vehicles. This week, U.S. regulators ruled to allow drivers to tinker with their own vehicles, but the decision comes with a few caveats.