Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 24, 2018 With many key fobs vulnerable to hacking unless they are, say, wrapped with aluminum foil, security experts say carmakers will soon require fingerprinting. You heard correctly. Fingerprints are required to cash checks at the bank. Fingerprints are used to access mobile phones. Cars are next. Not just to open the door, but to start the engine. “This technology will be used in cars in two to four years,” said Godfrey Cheng, corporate vice president for Silicon Valley-based Synaptics. “Driver identification will be revolutionary.” Understanding that car fobs present an increasing security risk, auto companies are following the lead of personal technology devices and moving toward vehicle access through fingerprinting, facial recognition and retina scans. This is not Mission Impossible. This is real life. The Free Press in July reported that cybersecurity experts … [Read more...] about Get rid of key fobs; car security to shift to fingerprints
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SPEEDWAY, Ind. – One-hundred cars form the epic pre-entry list for the Sept. 5-6 Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink on the new dirt track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Series. Among the latest entries are the nine filed by the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which features a loaded lineup that includes 2013 USAC National Midget and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell, 2017 USAC National Midget titlist Spencer Bayston and current series point leader Logan Seavey. The remainder of the KKM lineup includes females Holly Shelton and Maria Cofer, as well as 2017 series Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick, Ryan Robinson, Tucker Klaasmeyer and Sam Johnson. Also entered are a couple of drivers who’ve risen to the occasion on the biggest of stages. Billy Wease, the 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix winner, has signed in to drive the Amanda Wease No. 12w. John Heydenreich will be in the … [Read more...] about Car Count Hits 100 For Inaugural BC39
The UK new car market has steadied over the last month, according to the latest industry figures. Data for July from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that new car registrations grew by 1.2 per cent after a 3.5 per cent fall in June. MIke Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The feel-good factor from a sun and sport-packed July, combined with some fantastic deals on a raft of exciting new models, clearly helped keep showrooms relatively busy last month. “It’s great to see alternatively fuelled vehicles benefiting from this growth, and Government’s acknowledgement of the vital role new-tech diesel will play in its Road to Zero strategy should help more even more motorists benefit from the latest, safest and low-emission technology over the coming months.” Read more: Tesco fuel offer – how to knock off pounds at the pump Despite Mr Hawes’ positivity on the cleanest modern diesels the fuel continues to fall out of … [Read more...] about UK car market steadying as registrations creep up
Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story by Norman Garrett • Photos as Credited Broken cars whisper to me. I’ve owned some 60-odd cars in my life, and fully half of them did not run when I bought them. Of course, most of them were European sports cars from the ’60s and ’70s, so they had died of self-inflicted wounds due to poor build quality, poor materials, poor design, or the like. These cars would call to me from behind garages and under trees in backyards all over the South, and unless they were hopelessly terminal, I would generally answer their cries for help. The modern era has provided the ultimate enabler in the form of the internet: I have taken to searching eBay and local Craigslists using “projects,” “broken” and “dead” as my search keywords, with great results. Imagine my joy, … [Read more...] about Ran When Wrecked: How to Save a Totaled Car
When you're a spoiled-rotten car reviewer, you spend a lot of time in cars you didn't pay for. That's obvious. What might not be obvious is that automakers seldom go out of their way to grant reviewers access to their full telematics functionality in loaner vehicles. I'm talking about the kinds of subscription-based, cellular-enabled systems like GM's OnStar and Hyundai's Blue Link that let you fire up a smartphone app or open a web portal that communicates with your car. They can do some compelling things, like lock or unlock the car, remote-start it when the weather's foul, or even drop a dime on your speeding teen or cheating spouse by monitoring vehicle speed and location. Related: Is the 2018 VW Atlas' Fender Stereo Worth the Cost? Some of these things are worth checking out, and thanks to the purchase and yearlong testing of our Best of 2018 award-winning Volkswagen Atlas, we had a six-month free trial in which to put its telematics system, Car-Net, through its paces. … [Read more...] about Should We Renew the Car-Net Subscription for Our Volkswagen Atlas?