#473 August 15, 2016 – Audi Cars Talk with Traffic Signals

This week’s headline story: Audi Cars Talk with Traffic Signals

TrafficlightGerman carmaker Audi is rolling out a brand new technology called Vehicle to Infrastructure or V-to-I technology to US car shoppers this fall. V-to-I allows vehicles to communicate with traffic signals and other roadway infrastructure to provide drivers with useful information for safer more informed driving. Audi’s system allows the vehicle to display a countdown before a red light turns to green. Knowing how much time there is before the light changes to green is intended to relieve the driver of anxiety. The countdown will also appear on the dashboard if the vehicle determines it will not be able to make an approaching light before it turns red, to allow the driver to begin to brake. Audi plans to roll out the capability in five to seven U.S. cities this year.

Future applications of the technology could see it linked to a car’s navigation system or its stop/start functions. The technology will also be valuable for driverless car technology. Another possible eventual use is for traffic signals to advise vehicles to keep to a certain speed in order to match the flow of traffic lights. Carmakers are trying to leverage technology – including vehicle-to-vehicle communications (“V-to-V”) allowing cars to talk to each other – to reduce accidents and reduce congestion.

other Technology Headlines…

  • Samsung Workers Sickened by Chemicals in Factories Speak Up [NewsFactor]
    Two Words Keep Sick Samsung Workers from Data: Trade Secrets
    An Associated Press investigation found South Korean authorities let Samsung withhold crucial information from sick workers and their families about the chemicals they are exposed to at its computer chip and display factories. A worker-safety group has documented more than 200 cases of serious illnesses including leukemia, lupus, lymphoma and multiple sclerosis among former Samsung semiconductor and LCD workers. Seventy-six have died, most in their 20s and 30s.
  • Judge Dismisses Suit Accusing Twitter of Supporting ISIS Group [NewsFactor]
    A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Twitter of supporting the Islamic State group. The families of two men killed in Jordan claimed that Twitter had contributed to their deaths by allowing the group to sign up for and use Twitter accounts. The judge agreed with Twitter that the company cannot be held liable because federal law protects service providers that merely offer platforms for speech, without creating the speech itself.
  • Stanford-led experiments point toward memory chips 1,000 times faster than today’s [Stanford News]
    Stanford-led research has demonstrated an emerging memory technology called phase-change memory, based on a new class of semiconductor materials, that promises performance that is 1,000 times faster than current RAM memory, while using less energy and requiring less space.

in Information Security News…

  • Jeep Hackers Back at Black Hat with New and Scarier Method [NewsFactor]
    The Jeep hackers were back at the Black Hat Hackers Conference, this time demonstrating a new more dangerous technique to take remote control of a moving vehicle. The pair demonstrated how they can take control of the same 2014 Jeep Cherokee they hacked last year, this time by sending false messages to its internal network, overriding the correct ones. The new technique allowed them to do new — and scarier — things, such as making the vehicle turn sharply while it was speeding down a country road. They also were able to make the vehicle unintentionally speed up, or remotely slam on its brakes.
  • Quadrooter Bug Affects 900 Million Android Devices [NewsFactor]
    Researchers at security firm Check Point have discovered four new exploits that could impact as many as 900 million Android devices. The firm is calling the combined exploits the Quadrooter Bug. To gain access, an attacker just has to get the user to install a malicious app. From there the attacker has full access to saved data and can also change or remove system-level files, delete or add apps and gain access to the device’s screen, camera, or microphone. The security holes can only be fixed via patches from distributors or carriers once they get new driver packs from Qualcomm. Check Point is making available a free Quadrooter scanner app that scans users’ Android phones to see if the necessary patches have been downloaded and installed. The scanner app is available at https://www.checkpoint.com/resources/quadrooter-vulnerability-consumer/.

and in Tech Industry News…

  • Huffington Leaves Post to Focus on Health Startup [Ecommerce Times]
    Arianna Huffington has announced that she is leaving her position as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, to focus on a new project named Thrive Global, a lifestyle, health and wellness website.
  • Walmart Buying E-Tailer Jet for $3.3 Billion To Do Battle with Amazon [NewsFactor]
    Walmart has announced that it will shell out $3.3 billion to acquire the online retailer Jet. Since launching a year ago, Jet has grown rapidly to reach $1 billion in merchandise sales. Walmart hopes the acquisition of Jet, will assist in catching online retail giant Amazon. In 2015, Amazon reported net sales of $107 billion, while Walmart’s online sales came to just $13.7 billion – a tiny fraction of its total sales of $482 billion. Walmart.com and Jet.com will continue to operate as distinct brands.

and finally,

  • Adblock Plus Mouse Roars at Facebook [Ecommerce Times]
    Facebook Hates Ad Blockers So Much It Now Blocks Them [NewsFactor]
    Ad wars have escalated between Facebook and ad-blocking software. Facebook updated the way that it serves up ads so that they are unrecognizable to ad-blocking software. Within days, AdBlock Plus announced that the open source community had created a filter to neutralize Facebook’s latest offensive, allowing it to once again block those ads. Meanwhile, Facebook is providing better tools for users to provide feedback on the ads they see, so that they are shown more useful and appreciated ads.

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