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Toyota to flog 10,000 aaS wagons to Avis Budget rentals

Toyota is to flog around 10,000 connected cars to vehicle hire biz Avis over the next three years. "Toyota's mobility services platform will provide Avis Budget Group with enhanced connectivity and visibility into their fleet, and bring travellers increased control and convenience over their rental experience," Zack Hicks, …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Mar 2018
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Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

Cars are getting smarter every year but their increasing computational power isn’t being backed up by good IT security practices – hacking them is child’s play. That’s the conclusion of a series of speakers at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit. These security researchers have demonstrated how easy it is to introduce …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2018
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We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

Discussions about the future of cars quickly turn to the pros and cons of autonomous vehicles. But the acronym of choice in such discussions is CAVs – connected and autonomous vehicles – and the "connected" part is already with us. While there are only a handful of fully autonomous vehicles trundling about public roads, most …
SA Mathieson, 14 Feb 2018

Automotive Grade Linux shops for hypervisor to accelerate smart cars

The Automotive Grade Linux is shopping for a hypervisor so that in-car computers can handle lots of different jobs. The effort has previously delivered an infotainment platform that Toyota has adopted. That platform has now landed as the Automotive Grade Linux Unified Code Base (AGL UCB) 4.0, which the Linux Foundation happily …
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IBM's X-Force to slip digits into IoT networks and connected cars

IBM says its X-Force Red security pen-testing brand is now offering connected car and IoT sweeps. Predictably enough, the new penetration-testing services "will be delivered alongside the Watson IoT platform", which is just cloud-based configuration and device management for Internet of Things networks, allied to everyone's …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Jul 2017
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BMW climbs into IBM Watson's cloudy connected charabanc

IBM's partnership with German carmaker BMW has resulted in a contract to supply cloud-based data management services. The deal, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, is a victory for IBM Watson, the American tech firm's Internet of Things (IoT) product line. Connected cars is one of the areas where IBM, along with the world …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jun 2017

Ericsson leads 5G connected car gang towards pot of EU gold

Ericsson, the one-time mobe-maker, is leading a coalition tasked by the EU with building a 5G V2X network for connected cars. The company said that its 14-strong consortium had won a place in phase two of the EU's 5G infrastructure public private partnership (5GPPP), which was set up primarily to speed up the implementation of …
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Would you let DJ E-to-the-Musk set the playlist for your roadtrip?

Tesla might turn tastemaker, CEO Elon Musk let slip yesterday at the annual shareholders meeting, suggesting that the company may move into music "matching algorithms". "I think it's very hard to find a good playlist with good matching algorithms," Musk rambled as he tried to field questions from Twitter users. "We have …
Andrew Silver, 7 Jun 2017
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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

The Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux project is celebrating its first big-name user, after Toyota said it will employ the OS in the 2018 Camry model it will sell in the United States. Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is an effort to create a cut of Linux capable of being dropped into cars with minimal integration hassles …
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Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

Ford has reportedly invited its CEO to leave following a slump in share prices which some media reports pin on the US auto maker’s shift from focusing on cars to tech. The US Associated Press reported this morning that 56-year-old Mark Fields is retiring “amid questions about its current performance and future strategy”. Under …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
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Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

Volvos of the future will include an in-car entertainment system built on Android, the stolid Swedish automaker announced earlier today. The new in-car infotainment system will allow users to install apps from the Android App Store, Volvo said, which it hopes will let the driving denizens access “connected and predictive …
Gareth Corfield, 15 May 2017
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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

Hyundai has patched its Blue Link smartphone app to stop it blabbing private info that could, it is claimed, be used to break into and steal people's cars. The now-updated software, available for iOS and Android, leaked sensitive personal information about registered users and their vehicles, including usernames, passwords, …
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2017
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Car hacking's dynamic duo offers to save others $1m in research

Two famed car hackers claim they can save fellow tinkerers and security researchers a lot of time and money – by handing over their tools and blueprints for free. The pair boast the gear is worth over a million bucks. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were both hackers of renown before they started working together to see if …
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2017
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Ford slurps 400 BlackBerry devs in smart car software push

Multinational car company Ford has hired 400 developers from BlackBerry for its connected cars, shortly after announcing the building of its own data centre. The Ottawa Sun newspaper reported that a previously announced “agreement” actually amounted to a transfer of 400 heads between companies. Last month, Ford announced it …

Ford to build own data centre to store connected car data

Following boastful tweets by American president Donald Trump about job creation, Ford is set to open its very own Michigan data centre for its connected cars. Predicting data storage requirements of 200PB by 2021 – growing from today’s 13PB – Ford chief exec Mark Fields said in a canned statement that the new bit barn “will …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Mar 2017
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Beeps, roots and leaves: Car-controlling Android apps create theft risk

Insecure car-controlling Android apps create a heightened car theft risk, security researchers at Kaspersky Lab warn. Boffins at the security software maker made the warning after putting Android apps from seven (unnamed) car makers through their paces, uncovering a raft of basic security flaws in the process. During recent …
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2017
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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

Cars are smart enough to remember an owner, but not smart enough to forget one – and that's a problem if a smart car is sold second-hand. The problem is as simple as you could imagine: people shovelling apps and user services into cars forget that the vehicle nearly always outlives its first owner. The global head of IBM's X- …

Security gurus get behind wheel of driverless car debate

Security experts have already waded into the UK government's consultation into self-driving technologies. The two month session comes against a backdrop of increasing concerns about connected cars. Infosec vendors argue security needs to be considered alongside other issues such as changes to driving regulations (the Highway …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2016

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