Archive for August, 2013

The Latest News for the Vehicle Electronics Design

Smart vehicles are the call of the new era. Smart vehicles shall become the new and the most challenging limit for the app developers in the coming five years or so. As per the report from Juniper Research, a center that predicts that the market for the in-vehicle apps in going to increase in many fold and may reach up to US$ 1.2 billion by the year 2017. Innovation in the motorized or automotive standards such as Mirror link and sophisticated Smartphone ownership will generate such foundations that will allow the whole system of the connected cars to flourish and grow to a new level, especially in developed countries like the North America and the western European markets.  The New Report: Connected Cars: Automotive Telematics & In-Vehicle Infotainment 2013-2017 has found out that there will be descending weight and negative pressure on the value of vehicle manufacture’s own implanted telematics infotainment amenities as the concept of in-vehicle apps eco-system matures and grows. “The major beneficiary and winner of the speedy roll-out and manufacture of the Smartphone securing and in –vehicle apps shall be the consumer”, declared the author of the report Anthony Cox. He also went on to say that the Smartphone securing shall allow the designing and creation of an abundance of apps for the vehicles just in the same way as it did for the Smartphone. The market for implanted telematics systems, both in the consumer and commercial front will see vigorous progress as consolidation between the regional commercial telematics company initiates and gives a sign for the companies that shall become a global force in telematics. For telematics companies and automotive markets large data resulting from the telematics service facility are likely to surface as unforeseen revenue drivers. As per the report the widespread placement of V2V andV2I technologies is still a long way off, but trials have started in many markets. And insurance telematics are already attaining the point of widespread placement predominantly in the markets such of the USA, Italy and the UK.

The Electronic Security System of the Car Altered by Hackers

The application of computers can be also seen in the cars that are being designed these days. Most of the cars that are being sold in the market at present a lot on the electronic systems and on-board computers. All the vehicles that are running in USA since 1996 must have an on-board computer in them. The hackers are now taking advantage of this fact. They are set the cars as their new target. The people who are carrying out various kinds of researches with hacking techniques have stated that hackers are able to break the security system of the car within just few minutes. Once they have done that they can easily alter the security system of the car. The on-board computers of the cars are so vulnerable to such attacks that the hackers can easily control the braking system of the car.

Changes in the control of the car when hacked

Once the car has been hacked its full control relies on the hands of the hacker. Let’s have a look at some of things that can be controlled.

The hackers can easily disengage the breaks once they are able to break into on-board computers. For instance you won’t be able to apply brakes to car if you are going slowly.
The headlights of the car also come under the control of the hackers. They can turn them on or off according to their will.
In some cases they are also able to honk the horn.
The car can be also parked with the help of the park assist feature that is found in most modern cars. All the hackers need is a few moment of physical access to the computer that is controlling the functioning of the car. Once they get the access they will be able to change the programs within a few seconds.

The experimenting team members Valasek and Charlie Miller will be presenting the whole report at Def Con.