Automotive cyber-stalking, more connected car trials – and cable cars

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hyundai is using the cloud for remote vehicle diagnostics, software updates and, potentially, for security monitoring such as the halting of a stolen vehicle. At the moment, trial vehicles are only being cyber-stalked from the point at which they leave the production line to the hand-over to their owner, but the remote monitoring could continue with the owner’s consent. This builds on the current BlueLink telematics, reports Automotive Engineering International, mag from the Society of Automotive Engineers, which is also reporting that the move towards connected cars is going to see some interesting partnership and tie-ups between the car-makers and non-automotive firms. The Society’s also got the low-down on a potential solution from Dassault for mass-manufacturing lightweight composite-structure vehicles (pictured), and Dassault’s simulation packages for developing future-compliant connected cars. Ground-up design starts here.

  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is testing V2V and V2X (vehicle-to-infrastructure or device) communications on Interstate 66 and Routes 29 and 50 in Fairfax County; further trials are also underway in south-west Virginia’s Montgomery County, north Virginia and on a closed-circuit track at Blacksburg along with partners including Morgan State University. Ten cars, a semi-truck and a bus, plus 55 roadside units, will stream data back to the Institute to report on and warn of road hazards, congestion, road condition, emergency vehicles and ice; more at Virginia Tech News (via alphagalileo).
  • Cable cars are cool and not just for ski resorts. And several new wire-systems are coming to France, reports The Guardian, including one in Toulouse which connects to a metro station and can carry 7000 people an hour. This  does a 10-minute journey  over a route that takes an hour by car.
  • Nice outline of the SimTD networked-cars trial and its possibilities at New Scientist (a BMW-sponsored piece).
  • Citroen is going to add a peer-to-peer car-share component to its Multicity mobility management/car hire scheme, reports Automotive News Europe.
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