[2014-07-18] Are you looking forward to self-driving cars? CiA is definitely excited to see what kind of autonomous cars the future will bring, but apparently the FBI is quite worried by this development. The Guardian has obtained one of their restricted reports, which warns that self-driving cars “will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”
The FBI warns that instead of keeping their attention on the road, "bad actors will be able to conduct tasks that require use of both hands". One such scenario could include suspects shooting from cars during a chase. Another fear is for hacked cars to be used as weapen: Cars with explosives on board could become self-driving bombs.
We can't know for sure, but we suspect the NSA is not worried about the rise of the self-driving car. Since these cars rely on communication for navigation, the NSA surely knows where each of them is at any given time anyway - and if they want those cars to stop, they stop.
Annegret Emerich, Nickel Plankermann, Cindy Weißmüller, Holger Zeltwanger
[2014-07-24] Last week’s Syscan-360 Security Conference in Beijing (China) posed a challenge: a prize of US$ 10 000 was announced for anyone who managed to hack a Tesla. The prize money went unclaimed - none of the participants managed to meet all specifica...
[2014-07-21] Recently, the Japanese carmaker Nissan unveiled its milestones plan for autonomous driving. The first step will be the introduction of a traffic jam pilot and an automatic parking system. By 2020 semi-autonomous cars will have gone to serial producti...
[2014-07-24] Rockwell Automation (US) has announced the Allen-Bradley Micro820 programmable logic controller (PLC), an addition to the Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC family. With the Devicenet scanner plug-in module, the family also offers Devicenet communication.
[2014-07-24] The iSaft recorder by Teletel (Canada) is a network traffic capture, recording, and analysis tool for the validation of satellite and spacecraft on-board communication protocols and data networks. It implements among others the CAN protocol family.
Mobile data terminal
[2014-07-24] PR3820 by Pran Systems (Canada) is a mobile data terminal. It is Windows CE 6.0-based with a 4,3-inch TFT LCD screen and equipped with a touch screen. The unit has an embedded open architecture platform designed for new in-vehicle demands.
J1939 & OBDII interface
[2014-07-24] Kvaser (Sweden) has announced application-specific versions of its Leaf Light version 2 interface. In addition to a bare board version for embedded applications, tailored versions of the interface for automotive and commercial vehicle diagnostic appl...