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How texting a Corvette could stop it in its tracks

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Aug 12, 2015.

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    As if recent research on car hacking wasn’t frightening enough, a new study shows yet another danger to increasingly networked vehicles.

    This time around, academics with the University of California analyzed small, third-party devices that are sometimes plugged into a car’s dashboard, known as telematic control units (TCUs).

    Insurance companies issue the devices to monitor driving metrics in order to meter polices. Other uses include fleet management, automatic crash reporting and tracking stolen vehicles.

    In order to collect vehicle data, TCUs have access to the electronic brain of an automobile, the CAN (Controller Area Network) bus, which transmits and receives messages from many vehicle systems. The TCUs also have SIM cards, which give them cellular network connectivity in order to send information.

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