Dispelling Fears about Car Hacking

Real brief: the problem is cars operate on the CAN bus network, which was designed in the 1980s, when the internet didn’t exist.

Right now, you still need physical access to the car to hack it. For now. (I’d trying coming in via Bluetooth.)

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

That’s how car hacking works: the system doesn’t ask where the message came from or who sent it, it just accepts and executes it.

Plus the ending, because it’s true. To attack, it’d be more efficient to roll that newspaper into a baton, than go after the target’s car.

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Blog tag = auto security

 

 

It’s Far Tougher to Get Licensed in Germany

It’s like, over there they’re taught to drive, here we’re taught to pass a test.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

There has to be something to Germany’s methods if its drivers are travelling at twice the speed, but with a lower accident rate.

I also like how it’s more expensive, because people tend to take things more seriously when they have to pony up big bucks.

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Screaming through Newfoundland’s Suburbs

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

Imagine a historic town is shut down and roped off into a complex driving course. You drive through it as fast as you can, the police don’t care, and you do this 10 times a day. That’s Targa Newfoundland.

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Total video-game courses.

Thank you sincerely, to the people of Newfoundland, for opening your province and allowing me to almost smash into your homes.

I had the best co-driver, Michel Crepault; we were an excellent match.

See, math camp:

The Micra was stock, I kicked the crap out of it, and it was fine.

Our tech put it on the hoist on Wednesday, and there was nothing to repair or adjust, so could’ve kicked harder.

I blogged everyday while there, here’s the blog tagTarga

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A Checklist I Hope You Never Use

After a collision your mind is a mess, when it needs to be laser-focused. Print and stuff this into your glovebox.

Read it online at Autonet.

The checklist in bullet points:

- turn on “Location Services” so GPS coordinates will be attached to all photos
- photo EVERYthing, take like 100+ photos
- along with a 360º of the damage, photograph drivers’ licence and plates, tires, external conditions
- video witnesses, video interactions with the other driver
- use the voice record app while you walk around, narrating what you see

Favourite line: 

The second last paragraph, the list of external conditions to take note of.

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Why All Bumpers are Starting to Look the Same

Read it online at Autonet.ca

It’s not that our tastes are changing, it’s because of safety regulations now say a car’s front end must better protect a pedestrian in case on an accident.

Favourite line:

Put the phone down while crossing the street. Or use my trick and make eye contact with the driver. Because regardless of how the bumper is styled, it wins the showdown every time.

This is the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, and a good example of the above.

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