Leaked documents suggest certain automotive software systems creates "potential mission areas." The next time you get into your modern, tech-laden conveyance, know that the Central Intelligence Agency could use it for “nearly undetectable assassinations.” At least, that’s what WikiLeaks alleges after releasing 8,761 documents that are said to come from a high-security network within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. According to the documents, the CIA listed vehicles as “potential mission areas” back in 2014 and reportedly studied the feasibility of hacking vehicle systems. At the center of this is BlackBerry’s QNX automotive software, which is presently used in over 60 million vehicles. The documents make mention of QNX as the specific “mission area” that could be exploited for the CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch – a division of the agency the documents are said to expose as well.It should be … [Read more...] about WikiLeaks: CIA can hack cars to carry out undetectable assassinations
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A bold new look and an RS trim level keeps the Malibu fresh for another year. With an upscale new front fascia, and some minor updates to the cabin, the Chevrolet Malibu has been refreshed and restyled for the 2019 model year. Most of the same familiar design cues carry over, admittedly; the front and rear fascia, grilles, exhaust tips, taillights, and headlights are amongst the most thorough updates, with the latter available as LEDs in the Premier trim exclusively. If it’s something different you’re after in the 2019 Malibu, though, opt for the new RS trim. Spy photos captured the package testing back in January, but now we get our first real look at the brand-new trim in full. The 2019 Malibu RS is the fifth vehicle to adorn the sporty nameplate, and borrows cues from the Traverse RS and the Cruze RS before it. Features like a black sport grille, unique 18-inch wheels, black bowtie emblems, a rear spoiler, and a dual-outlet exhaust have been added to the exterior. … [Read more...] about Chevrolet Malibu Adds Sporty RS Trim To 2019 Restyling
Opel/Vauxhall has released full details about the upcoming Cascada, a four-seat mid-size convertible scheduled to hit the market in early 2013. At the beginning of last month Opel/Vauxhall teased a new mid-size convertible called the Cascada and now they have provided full details about the upcoming model. With a length of 4697mm and a width of 1840mm, the four-seater is going to be the cheapest model in this segment as it will carry an estimated price tag of 25,000 pounds. It takes 17 seconds to operate the soft top by touching a button and this can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h). This new arrangement is entirely different from the previous convertible with the Opel or Vauxhall badge, the Astra TwinTop, which had a retractable hard-top roof. The platform used for the Cascada is a mixture of elements from the Astra and the Insignia models. First seen in the Vauxhall Insignia VXR, the HiPer strut front suspension has been implemented in this new … [Read more...] about OFFICIAL: 2013 Opel/Vauxhall Cascada fully revealed [video]
It's an evaluation of the car's handling prowess ... and the driver's courage. Polestar is full-speed ahead with the testing of its first production car. Recently, we’ve seen the company evaluating the hybrid’s structure in crash testing, but now we’re getting a look at research of a more dramatic nature. By dramatic, we mean hitting takeoff velocities for jumbo jets on a wet, banked track. Yikes. Follow Polestar's progress: ⠀ Polestar 1 Begins Verification Prototype Production ⠀ Watch Polestar 1 Carbon Fiber Body Endure Crash Test The focus of this video is evaluating the Polestar 1’s chassis dynamics, and as you can see the engineers aren’t letting any grass grow. Part of the process includes dialing in the steering responsiveness as well as adjusting the car’s torque vectoring system, not to mention overall suspension tuning.“Whenever you drive Polestar 1, you should immediately feel like you … [Read more...] about Polestar 1 Testing Includes Doing 137 MPH On Wet Curves
Leaked photos purport to show the next two additions to the Jeep range. Here’s another look at both the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and Jeep’s planned top-end model, which will likely be called the Grand Wagoneer. These blurry photos come courtesy of an attendee at a recent dealer event, who snapped the photos on a smartphone during a presentation. The slides appear to show the Jeep lineup from the Renegade through the Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Grand Wagoneer (the new Compass is, oddly, missing). It’s the first and last of those vehicles that grabs our attention most, as neither has yet been officially revealed. pictured here adheres pretty closely to what we’ve seen in existing spy photos. Overall, the rough-and-tumble SUV’s design will not change too much, with large, round headlights at either side of a tall seven-slot grille. This model, however, appears to have thin LED running light strips on its wide front … [Read more...] about 2018 Jeep Wrangler, 2019 Grand Wagoneer spotted in dealer presentation?