So "TheWizard" your happy with functions in your vehicle disappearing, I'm not. Just how would you feel if that as soon as your vehicle warranty ran out that the manufacturers stopped your engine from running, after all that in today's vehicles could be just a piece of software that they no longer support. That would help them sell more vehicles. I have complained to Ford in Dearborn, Michigan about the address-destination removal, if no one complains the big corporations will just take more advantage of the customers. I also have read the legal disclaimers about change without notice, etc., that still doesn't make it alright to just delete things, just legal.
It has nothing to do with being happy about it, it's about understanding how software works overall, not just in vehicles. And it's not done to sell more new vehicles. It's done to cut support costs especially on features that don't add much value and that not very many owners use like the VHR.
Features that integrate with the phone are very difficult to maintain as phone operating systems change. And I presume this is another feature that very few people used.
You don't have to like it, but you should understand why it's being done, that it's perfectly legal and all mfrs either do it or will be doing it at some point.