A decade-plus of soaring demand for intuitive electronics has created an incredible market for "smart" technology — and developers that don't necessarily want to share their secrets in the open market.
As technology ages, an equally robust aftermarket has emerged for replacement and repair; think the cellphone repair guy at the mall.
New York State in June passed the nation's first electronic Right to Repair (R2R) law that gives consumers the right to shop around for service of personal electronics. The Digital Fair Repair Act requires manufacturers of personal electronics, such as phones and laptops, to disclose repair and diagnostic information, software, tools and parts to consumers and independent repair shops.
Now, this doesn't directly impact tire service and auto repair shops, unless your technician drops and cracks his phone screen and wants to get it repaired for half the price by the guy at the mall instead of the manufacturer (without voiding the warranty).