Tens of thousands of sensitive documents from automakers including Toyota, Ford, FCA, General Motors, Tesla and Volkswagen have been uncovered on a server accessible to the public. The massive data breach was uncovered by security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk from more than 100 companies that have been involved with Level One Robotics and Controls, a small Canadian company specializing in industrial automation services. The New York Times reports that security researchers discovered that there were no restrictions placed on an rsync server, a common file transform protocol commonly used to backup large sets of data. Included in the documents discovered by researchers were blueprints and factory schematics, contracts, invoices, and work plans with clients, even nondisclosure agreements detailing the sensitivity of the exposed information. There was also personal details of select Level One employees available, including scans of driver’s licenses and passports. In total, there … [Read more...] about Trade Secrets From GM, Toyota, Tesla, More Exposed After Data Breach
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Ahead of Ford’s tentative 2021 introduction date for its own self-driving car, the U.S. automaker announced on Monday it has partnered with Postmates for a self-driving delivery service. Ford and Postmates envision an on-demand delivery service using specially developed Transit Connect models. The vans will boast a locker system to secure food and allow the cars (which feature a human backup driver) to serve multiple customers on one delivery route. Ford said the program has a focus on first- and last-mile delivery services. Meanwhile, the automaker continues to develop its fully self-driving car technology separately. ALSO SEE: Ford Moving EV and Autonomous Production Teams to Detroit The automaker hopes to collect more data and knowledge on how customers will interact with self-driving vehicles. Data will include what customers like, and what they don’t like about the experience. Ford previously partnered with Domino’s for self-driving vehicle pizza … [Read more...] about Ford Partners with Postmates for Self-Driving Delivery Service
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments Innovations by Peter Holley December 7, 2017 Email the author An autonomous vehicle is seen during a test drive in Singapore. (Yong Teck Lim/AP) Autonomous vehicles won’t arrive overnight, but almost every week they seem to inch a bit closer to becoming an everyday reality. The latest example of that incremental progress occurred in Boston on Wednesday when Lyft announced that the ride-sharing company has … [Read more...] about Using the Lyft app in this city could get you picked up by a self-driving car
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByJohn R. Quain March 15, 2018 A car wends its way through a line of taxis in the Las Vegas rain, carefully steering around a tangle of sedans vying for passengers. As the black Lincoln MKZ gets closer, the steering wheel saws back and forth, but there’s no one in the front seat. In fact, there’s no one in the car at all. It’s disquieting to be picked up by an empty car, and it’s something of a milestone: Inside most autonomous research vehicles cruising public streets, there’s a minder to keep a watchful eye and take control should things go awry. But with the MKZ, there was no human custodian. At least not one within view. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Shukman, a software engineer for Phantom Auto, was sitting in front of a phalanx of video screens in Mountain View, Calif. Using a … [Read more...] about When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?
As more Americans flock to SUVs, the number of automakers still competing in traditional sedan segments has shrunk. But Toyota still sees a market of buyers for full-size sedans and thus is rolling out a fifth-generation Avalon.Because it rides on the same TNGA platform as the 2018 Camry, the redesigned 2019 Avalon also benefits from many of the Camry’s advances in powertrain and platform engineering.But perhaps what will make the most buzz in the post-CES climate is Toyota’s decision to offer Apple CarPlay. Toyota had been in a legal snarl with Apple and Google about their refusal to fully disclose the workings and security protocols of their back-end programming, so Toyota had been using its own proprietary Entune software—with mixed results.Toyota executives had customer privacy concerns, such as third-party apps tracing vehicle location—and what Apple, Google, and third parties were going to do with that information.“We were worried they would want … [Read more...] about 2019 Toyota Avalon First Look: The Next Big Toyota