[2014-11-14] The Automotive Networks conference opened with a speech on security in car networks this year. Car makers are slowly becoming aware of possible problems, and are taking steps to prevent attacks on cars. They are also becoming more adventurous and might be inviting attacks on cars: Volvo has started the "Roam Delivery" project, where parcels can be delivered directly to a customer's car. Digital keys make it possible to transform the car into a delivery pickup and drop-off zone. The appeal is obvious: delivery problems are nothing new, but the increase in online shipping has worsened the problem.
According to Volvo, the customer "hands out a digital key and can track when the car is opened and then locked again. Once the pick-up or drop-off is completed, the digital key ceases to exist. The system is based on the functionality of the telematics app Volvo On Call." So far, so good. The question remains: Do you want to hand over access to your car to a total stranger?
Variable frequency drive
[2014-11-25] With the PowerXL DG1 Eaton (Germany) is offering variable frequency drives for industrial and building automation applications for ratings from 0,55 kW to 160 kW. They feature CANopen and Devicenet among other communication systems.
Virtual cockpit display
[2014-11-19] The latest Audi TT comes equipped with a novel display and operating concept: A display-based instrument cluster bundles all of the instrument, navigation, and multimedia information in the driver's field of vision.