Farmers are forced to 'hack' to repair their own tractors

The situation that 'only the manufacturer can repair the product' is common not only for electronic devices but also for cars and agricultural machinery. There are increasing calls for 'right to repair' in the United States and other countries, saying that such a situation is suspected of violating the Antimonopoly Act. However, the right to repair has not yet been established as a law, and farmers are currently hacking software used in agricultural machinery, according to overseas media

Freethink .

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Companies like Deere & Company , the world's largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery, have restricted parts distribution and software modifications to prevent consumers from repairing products without permission, allowing farmers to repair agricultural machinery. Attempts continue to require high repair costs. This problem has already surfaced in 2017, but it is still a source of concern for farmers even at the time of writing articles where the environment such as the legal system has changed. American farmers who have been unable to withstand the problems of many years are trying to invade and repair agricultural machinery such as tractors they own, using firmware etc. traded in the black market.

The firmware includes payload data, specialized diagnostic tools, and a license key generator that connects to the tractor's computer to control the tractor. A special invitation code is required to access the online forum that provides the firmware of John Deere, and this code is traded for a fee.

Land vehicles, including tractors, were excluded from the

Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 2015, so the use of such firmware is not illegal. But even if it is legal, it is not safe or convenient, and the right to repair is still needed.

'In the past, repairs required a wrench or hammer, but now we need specialized software. Do we need to take it to a distant manufacturer's store instead of a nearby repair shop?'

' The person who owns the equipment should be able to decide what to do with it,' said Gordon Burn of The Repair Association , which works for the right to repair. Regarding the right to repair, related bills were submitted in more than 20 states in the United States at the time of writing, Mr. Burn said, 'The right to repair also applies to agricultural machinery, and eventually the need for hacking is completely eliminated. I'm looking forward to that. '

in Software,   Hardware,   Ride, Posted by log1p_kr