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You know how in North Korea, all the radios can only receive one station and it’s the Government’s propaganda station? Mazda drivers in Seattle can relate.
Some Mazda owners in the Seattle area are stuck with bricked infotainment systems after listening to a particular radio station.
According to the Seattle Times, the problem began on January 30 and afflicted Mazdas from model years 2014 to 2017 when the cars were tuned to the local NPR station, KUOW 94.9. At some point during the day’s broadcast, a signal from KUOW caused the Mazdas’ infotainment systems to crash—the screens died and the radios were stuck on 94.9 FM.
This could be the beginning of one of the weaker X-Files episodes. A man is driving through Tacoma on a rainy night, listening to Fresh Air with Terry Gross, when suddenly his car is zapped and the only thing he can listen to is Fresh Air with Terry Gross. As she drones on and on, asking her guest, “What was the inspiration for your research into white people’s use of the thumbs up emoji,” the driver frantically tries to change stations, but it keeps looping back to NPR. He grows increasingly distraught and begins bleeding from his ears. Finally, he loses control on a rain-slicked highway and crashes into a tree. The camera pans over his corpse as the radio intones, “This is NPR.”
Cue theme music….
This is but one of many reasons I’m not enthusiastic about the prospect of self-driving cars; or the Kill Switch Technology that will be embedded into future automobiles via the “Infrastructure” Bill that 32 Republicans voted for.Published in