Autos

Mitsubishi to stop making cars in US, sell plant – USA TODAY

Friday, July 24, 2015

A model poses next to Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV model, the world’s first volume production electric vehicle, at the Tokyo Motor Show in this 2009 file photo(Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI, AFP/Getty Images) Mitsubishi Motors said Friday that it will stop making cars in the U.S. and try to sell its factory in Normal, Ill. It said, however, that it will continue to sell cars in the U.S. “We have been informed it is…

Fiat Chrysler will recall vehicles over hacking – The Detroit News

Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington — Under government pressure, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV agreed Friday to recall 1.4 million vehicles that can be cyber-hacked remotely — as Congress, automakers and regulators are raising increasing concerns about vehicle communications. The first-of-its-kind callback came just days after a magazine report showed hackers could wirelessly take control of some functions of a Jeep Cherokee. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will open an investigation into…

Chrysler recalls 1.4 million hackable cars – fox2now.com

Friday, July 24, 2015

NEW YORK– Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles that can be remotely hacked over the Internet. A flaw in several Chrysler models lets hackers remotely control them, posing an unprecedented danger for American drivers. Hackers can cut the brakes, shut down the engine, drive it off the road, or make all the electronics go haywire. After the vulnerability was uncovered on Tuesday, Chrysler offered a software upgrade that it recommended…

Europe’s real problem: France can’t sell cars – Fortune

Friday, July 24, 2015

The way Greece is hogging headlines and tormenting heads of state, you’d think a “Grexit” is the biggest threat to the eurozone’s future. It isn’t. The greatest danger—and it’s being mostly ignored—is the shocking slide in competitiveness of the single currency’s second- and third-largest economies, France and Italy. One ailment encapsulates Europe’s énorme problème: France can’t sell cars. Put simply, the cost of making products in France is far higher…

The race is on to figure out what self-driving cars should look like – Washington Post (blog)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Is this what the ideal self-driving car will look like? Researchers are trying to figure that out. (Michigan engineering) More than a 100 years ago, the first cars were called horseless carriages. The name was fitting, as those early vehicles strongly resembled the carriages that horses would tow. The incumbent form of transit — horse-drawn carriage — rubbed off on the emerging form of transit — vehicles powered by gas…

Feds open probe as Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M cars to thwart hackers – USA Today – USA TODAY

Friday, July 24, 2015

Should you be worried about a car being hacked? USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham and Chris Woodyard break it down.

Fiat Chrysler recalling unprecedented 1.4m cars due to hacking threat – BGR

Friday, July 24, 2015

Yikes. Fiat Chrysler announced on Friday that it’s recalling 1.4 million automobiles due to concerns about their software security. The announcement comes just days after hackers demonstrated a terrifying hack of a Jeep that was driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour. BACKGROUND: Hackers take over a Jeep driving down the highway at 70 mph The company says that it’s also “applied network-level security measures to prevent the type of…

Europe’s real problem: France can’t sell cars – Fortune – Fortune

Friday, July 24, 2015

The way Greece is hogging headlines and tormenting heads of state, you’d think a “Grexit” is the biggest threat to the eurozone’s future. It isn’t. The greatest danger—and it’s being mostly ignored—is the shocking slide in competitiveness of the single currency’s second- and third-largest economies, France and Italy. One ailment encapsulates Europe’s énorme problème: France can’t sell cars. Put simply, the cost of making products in France is far higher…

The scariest thing about the Chrysler hack is how hard it was to patch | The Verge – The Verge

Friday, July 24, 2015

Chrysler is having a bad week. On Tuesday, Wired published a fantastic and gripping report detailing an open vulnerability in Chrysler’s UConnect system, allowing attackers to take control of transmission, brakes, or even steering. There was already a patch available when the article was published, but because cars required physical updates, most cars hadn’t received it. Today, Chrysler upped the ante, asking 1.4 million cars to report to dealerships or…

The race is on to figure out what self-driving cars should look like – The … – Washington Post (blog)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Is this what the ideal self-driving car will look like? Researchers are trying to figure that out. (Michigan engineering) More than a 100 years ago, the first cars were called horseless carriages. The name was fitting, as those early vehicles strongly resembled the carriages that horses would tow. The incumbent form of transit — horse-drawn carriage — rubbed off on the emerging form of transit — vehicles powered by gas…

Firewalls can’t protect today’s connected cars | Computerworld – Computerworld

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote, “What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.” The automobile industry needs to follow Sun Tzu’s advice to secure increasingly connected vehicles from hackers, according to experts. Instead of building firewalls to keep cyber attacks out, which industry watchers say is ultimately a futile endeavor, build systems that recognize what a security breach looks like in order…

Report: Mitsubishi may stop making cars in US – USA TODAY

Friday, July 24, 2015

USA TODAY’s Chris Woodyard takes the featured-pack Outlander, the budget priced SUV from Mitsubishi, for an off-road spin in the hills near Malibu. Video by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY USA TODAY

New cars sit idle while Gary cops drive on bald tires, overdue maintenance … – Chicago Tribune

Friday, July 24, 2015

The once good-natured grumbling about equipment problems vacillates between open hostility and frustrated resignation among some Gary police officers. Jokes — without smiles – circulate the department. “Foot patrols are coming back in style!” and “The city’s just waiting for enough officers to quit so everyone has a car.” lRelated Post-Tribune Crime Gary cop injured on duty highlights understaffed force’s frustration See all related Ford quit making the popular Crown…

Google tests self-driving cars in sticky road situations – USA Today – USA TODAY

Friday, July 24, 2015

Last SlideNext Slide Google tests their self-driving car against tricky road situations, detecting bikes and other moving objects on the road.(Photo: Google) Google is concentrating its autonomous car testing on the more difficult and unpredictable scenarios that crop up on surface streets more often than on freeways. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving cars, showed a variety of scenes the cars…

Inside Buick’s New ‘Touchy-Feely’ Test Drive – Forbes

Thursday, July 23, 2015

At first blush this looks like something that might come straight out of The Onion, but it’s in fact legit. Buick just announced it plans to woo buyers with what it’s calling the “24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive” that applies a gimmicky “new age” veneer to what otherwise seems like a terrific promotional idea. It’s arguably the most eccentric marketing ploy we’ve seen since Ford asked drivers to give their cars a…

Google tests self-driving cars in sticky road situations – USA TODAY

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Last SlideNext Slide Google tests their self-driving car against tricky road situations, detecting bikes and other moving objects on the road.(Photo: Google) Google is concentrating its autonomous car testing on the more difficult and unpredictable scenarios that crop up on surface streets more often than on freeways. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving cars, showed a variety of scenes the cars…

Electric Cars, Sooner or Later – Bloomberg View

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It’s always interesting to see debates between technologists and economists. Technologists are inclined to think about new possibilities, while economists are trained to think about tradeoffs between existing possibilities. This makes for a very compelling intellectual dynamic. One recent example of such a debate was between Y Combinator partner Geoff Ralston and George Mason economist Alex Tabarrok.  Ralston says that when electric vehicles become cheap enough to be a real…

Will Uber and Driverless Cars Help Kill the Planet? – Huffington Post

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The fight over Uber can be reduced by the media in a place like New York City as a fight between hide-bound yellow cabs and high-tech Uber “innovators”–but that’s a frame that ignores the more than 95% of the population that don’t use any kind of cab at all.  And when you take a step back, the fight over Uber and its future likely use of driverless cars has enormous…

Buick’s New ‘Touchy-Feely’ Test Drive – Forbes

Thursday, July 23, 2015

At first blush this looks like something that might come straight out of The Onion, but it’s in fact legit. Buick just announced it plans to woo buyers with what it’s calling the “24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive” that applies a gimmicky “new age” veneer to what otherwise seems like a terrific promotional idea. It’s arguably the most eccentric marketing ploy we’ve seen since Ford asked drivers to give their cars a…