Technology company Harman is demonstrating anti-hacking software live at the Consumer Electronics Show - an industry first in the automotive technology security sector, according to the firm. The live hack, which Harman claims will be the first live demonstration of a car cyber hack and subsequent solution, uses new software which can be retrofitted without the addition of new hardware. It addresses growing concerns in the car industry surrounding the security in an increasingly connected car, as well as cars which communicate with one another, and an increasing number of remote access functions across the industry. Harman’s director of business and marketing for automotive cyber security, Asaf Atzmon, said: “A few years ago the concept of automotive cyber security was largely confined to industry experts. Now it’s a topic that consumers are asking about. According to a recent survey, in some countries as many as 59 per cent of buyers are actively … [Read more...] about Harman demonstrates first ever live car hack at CES
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An autonomous car cyber security group will receive government funding as part of a plan to make the UK a hub for the development of self-driving cars, it has been announced. The 5*Stars consortium, which incorporates Horiba MIRA, Ricardo, Thatcham Research, Roke and Axillium Research, will get grants to develop defences against cyber attacks on autonomous cars as concern grows about the security of the ever more advanced technologies in the car industry. Funding comes from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, which operates under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The consortium put forward a case for funding, which culminates in introducing a system of star ratings for the security of autonomous cars against cyber attacks, similar to Euro NCAP's ratings for the crash safety of cars. Business and energy secretary Greg Clark announced the consortium’s winning bid, although it has not been disclosed how much funding the group will receive. The … [Read more...] about Autonomous car cyber security consortium awarded funding
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is primarily a technology hub, but this year car manufacturers have stolen the event with some of the most diverse and advanced concepts on display. New vehicle debuts have come from the likes of Volkswagen, BMW, Aston Martin and new venture Faraday Future, while many more manufacturers have showcased their latest technology and innovations. The theme among car makers this year appears to be that of connectivity, with most manufacturers showing how their cars will be able to connect to other smart devices in the future. Automotive suppliere have also shown how they're upping their game to meet the needs of today's tech-savvy car buyers, with new technology including a virtual reality showroom experience. You'll find all the key news from CES 2016 in our round-up below, and you can see pictures of some of the key cars in the gallery above. CES 2016 - the key cars Aston Martin Rapide S - Aston's connected car concept features … [Read more...] about CES 2016: Consumer Electronics Show report and news round-up
► Four-door saloon from Faraday Future packs 1000bhp+► Production of new FF 91 scheduled to start in 2018► Myriad tech highlights, including facial recognitionStart-up EV specialist firm Faraday Future has previewed its first production car ahead of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.The new car, called the Faraday Future FF 91, is claimed to be capable of 0-60mph in 2.39sec – potentially making it the quickest electric car in production. It’s scheduled to be launched in 2018, with deposits being taken for pre-orders now.Peak motor power of 783kW (equivalent to 1050 metric horsepower)A 130kWh battery system, supplied by LG Chem A 435-mile driving range (NEDC) from a full chargeApproximately 4.5 hours to charge the battery from 50% to full, using a 240V home charger system included in the purchase of the car0-60mph in 2.39sec – making the FF91 quicker than Tesla’s fastest Model S variantThe FF 91 is a high-riding, tall-bodied … [Read more...] about Faraday Future FF 91: super-quick, super-complicated EV revealed at CES 2017
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.Early in May, the crème de la crème of engine designers and R&D executives met at the Vienna Motor Symposium to discuss future trends and technologies. As you’d probably expect, not a single lecture was singularly devoted to electric vehicles. But there was a lot of buzz about the Norwegian government’s plans to axe the subsidies for electrics. The country has been touted as leading the way toward an all-electric future, and EVs have been spectacularly successful there. Tesla, in particular, has been able to unload scores Model S high-performance sedans in the northern European nation, where the subsidy-floated EV costs as much as a plain VW Golf. Moreover, electrics are allowed to use bus and taxi lanes. This policy, … [Read more...] about The Continental: The Internal Combustion Still Has Legs, Plus Impressions from CES Asia
After yesterday’s unexpected report that Apple is assembling a team to build an electric car, we’ve got more surprising details: According to unnamed sources within the company, Apple wants that car to be self-driving.Reuters reports today that the California tech giant is gathering information and experts on car building and the nuances of self-driving technology. The report repeats yesterday’s news from The Wall Street Journal, alleging that Apple has plans to build an all-electric vehicle to take on Tesla, and it adds the interesting aspect of self-driving technology to the mix.“It’s a software game. It’s all about autonomous driving,” the anonymous insider told Reuters. And that makes sense: As Reuters points out, there’s plenty of money to be made on cutting-edge vehicle software. A self-driving operating system requires high-definition mapping, and the electric car that Apple is allegedly building will require bespoke software. … [Read more...] about Report: Apple’s Electric Car Will Be Self-Driving
Audi’s display stand at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show hosted a veritable cornucopia of new technologies ranging from new LED lighting to autonomous-driving capability, but all fell under a central theme: “electronics trends over the next decade.” Audi thinks all of the stuff it brought to CES will be available to customers within that time frame. Some of the tech is arriving this year, but the company’s driver-less features probably won’t arrive until much later. We’ve broken down Audi’s CES announcements by category: LED Lighting AdvancementsAudi is the manufacturer that brought LED accent lighting into vogue, and it plans to take things to the next level with what it’s calling the Matrix LED high-beam headlight. Even though it might look like a regular full-LED headlight unit, the Matrix has several tricks up its sleeve. It’s linked with a camera, which allows it to detect other cars and pedestrians. This allows the … [Read more...] about Audi at CES: Driverless Auto Parking, Matrix LED Headlamps, Next-Gen Infotainment, 3D Audio [2013 CES]
When the current Mercedes-Benz S-class was introduced for 2014, it threw down a gadget gauntlet that has thus far been unequaled—although the upcoming new BMW 7-series appears armed to give it a good fight. Next from the three-pointed star is the redesigned 2017 E-class, and if you thought Mercedes would hold back on the tech features to protect the top-dog status of the S-class, think again. The E-class comes loaded with enough straight-from-tomorrow features to make it the star of CES (which, come to think of it, was probably the goal). Read on for a preview.Autonomous Driving. Autonomous driving is the siren call of leading-edge automotive technology, so it was clear that the E-class would follow the S down the hands-free highway. In fact, Mercedes has enhanced the system it debuted on the S-class. (First though, a word about the need to steer. Yes, the 2017 E-class, like the S-class, can steer itself along for brief periods. No, that doesn’t mean you’re supposed … [Read more...] about So. Much. Tech: Detailing the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class’s Gadgetry
Started in New York City in 1967 as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the Consumer Electronics Show has grown to capture the interest and intrigue of automakers. Las Vegas now has two auto shows.That, Volkswagen’s unending stream of German-accented apologies, why Ford might not be hitching itself to Google and how you can become an automotive journalist* … after the break! The Consumer Electronics Show is going to the carsCES in Las Vegas will be home to numerous vehicle reveals and an astronomical number of car technology demos.And I’m okay with this.Last night, Volkswagen took the sheet of its BUDD-e and e-Golf Touch concepts (the latter you saw here first!). Chevrolet will officially show its new Bolt EV on Wednesday after being leaked (by accident, we hear) by CNET.It seems all automakers needed to do in order to capture the hearts and minds of those darned Millennials was load the cars up with technology and give them first crack at … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: CES Is an Auto Show Now, Volkswagen Apologizes (Again), and Do You Want to Be an Automotive Journalist?
To paraphrase Andy Williams (or Johnny Mathis, depending on your personal preference), it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.Next week, TTAC will be bringing you live coverage from the floor of the North American International Auto Show in glorious downtown Detroit, including the exciting reveal of the … umm … come on, Bark, think. I know something exciting will be revealed, right?Just kidding. We’ll see the new BMW M2 coupe, and a bunch of incredibly exciting crossovers. Regardless, it will be hard for this year’s big show to match the excitement of last year’s event: there’s no Ford GT painted in an unobtainium shade of blue and no Shelby GT350R doing smoldering donuts around it. But it’s still NAIAS, and that still means something.Or does it?A case could be made that NAIAS isn’t even the most important car show taking place in January. With the ever-changing technology present inside our cars today (and its … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: What’s the Future of the Car Show?