BMW ConnectedDrive outage & connected car app disasters

BMWappreviewsAfter our article, yesterday, explaining that BMW’s web/mobile interface has vulnerabilities that could be hacked, a few hours later BMW’s web portal was reported down. A BMW i3 owner in the UK reported that he has been unable to register for BMW’s ConnectedDrive service since July 19, continually receiving error messages. The outage is due to a system update in the UK and Europe. In the meantime BMW’s apps on Google Play have some of the worst user reviews, we’ve seen.

Connected Car study shows that connected cars like BMW are vulnerable to hacks

bmw connected driveKaspersky Lab and IAB, published their First Annual Connected Cars Study. Vicente Diaz, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, researched the report about connecting cars to the Internet. However, the auto industry is diligently monitoring threats through its own organizations and most threats require physical access to interior parts of the cars in order to work.

Connected cars with social networks, email, smartphone connectivity, route calculation, in-car apps, can be risky, noted the report.

Auto industry bands together to fight cyber attacks on connected cars

autoinnovationAt the Battelle CyberAuto Challenge , The Auto Alliance announced a proactive stance towards automotive cyber security.  Alliance Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Harmonization, Rob Strassburger’s reported that cybersecurity is among the industry’s top priorities and the auto industry is working continuously to enhance vehicle security features.

Volvo XC90 super safe with first run-off road and brake at intersection

volvocx90Volvo claims that the all-new XC90 – due in August – will offer the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry with run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability.

Run-off road happens due to driver distraction, fatigue or poor weather conditions. Safe Positioning in a run-off road scenario, detects what is happening and the front safety belts are tightened to keep the occupants in position. The belts are firmly tightened as long as the car is in motion.

Freescale scales ADAS solution for faster development

ADAS-APPLICATIONS-BDFreescale is working  with Neusoft and Green Hills Software for a comprehensive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) ecosystem to speed up the process of developing ADAS vision systems such as pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, collision avoidance and other advanced ADAS capabilities.

They are developed turnkey solutions that address stringent protocols for automotive safety, and are compliant with the ISO 26262 functional safety standard.

President Obama drives and supports connected cars with V2V & V2I

obama_tfhrc02President Obama got into the driver’s seat at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA to try out vehicle driving simulation.

“Man, this is so exciting,” he remarked. “I haven’t been on the road in a long time.” After his test drive he said, “It was sort of like ‘Knight Rider.”

The president after a tour of the facility stated that self-driving cars could cut reduce accidents, gas use and commuting times.  He noted that 80% of crashes  could be abated and 3,9 million gallons of gas.

He also thought it was great that as a father of teenager, making driving safer is important to him as well as being good for the economy.

Obama wants Congress to fund more programs of the Federal Highway Trust fund.  He also reported that traffic costs the average driver $800 a year in gas and outdated roads cause businesses to pay $27 billion more in freight costs.

He like that the technology of V2V and V2I helps saves lives, saves money and leads to new jobs in new industries.

He said, “Instead of barely paying our bills in the present, we should be investing in the future.”

He did complain that the driving simulator did not have radio.

The President visited the Human Factors Laboratory and Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, and spoke to employees .

 

 

Tesla to offer “affordable” adorable Tesla 3 for $35K

tesladashTelsa may soon be entering the realm of “affordable” cars in the price range of high end Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf but with 200 miles of driving on a charge.

The Tesla Model 3 will start at $35,000 in 2017. IT will be a smaller version of the Tesla S with similar distance and battery options.  First Tesla will make the Model X SUV with gull wing doors due out later this year.

Virginia Tech research could prevent truck accidents like the Tracy Morgan crash in the future

tracymorganThe  type of tragic truck accident that involved Tracy Morgan and friends may be avoided in the future after research and studies by Virgina Tech.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will receive $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and  automated vehicles.

The contracts are awarded from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Los Angeles parking app challenge from Ford asks devs to recreate parking lots

losangelesemptyparkinglotDevelopers could win as much as $15,000 for finding new exciting creative uses for Los Angeles’ vast parking space surplus and quagmire of problems.

Los Angeles has a parking problem even though  it has the highest density of parking spaces in the world. It’s downtown contains more spaces per acre than any other city. However finding a parking spot can still be difficult and stressful.  L.A. also has a mountain-size surplus because lots are built for prime times and often vacant.