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US Automakers Want Users To Stop Repairing Cars Citing Copyright Concerns !!!

This is one aspect of technology usage in automotive industry that none should have anticipated, the application of "copyright laws" like DMCA to your vehicles because they are now computing platforms. Automakers are doing their bit to support copyright law provisions which would prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying vehicles, Automaker OEMs and their lobbying organizations have filed comments to the federal agency saying cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle. The automotive industry has now raised concerns that modifying these ECUs and the software coding that runs them could lead to vulnerabilities in vehicle safety and cyber security. The "copyright" angle to the dispute arises from a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which defines it's applicability to "rolling computing platforms". The U.S. Copyright Office is now examining whether provisions of the law that protect intellectual property should prohibit people from modifying and tuning their cars.

ECU OBD Connection Error

Hyundai BlueLink App Will Let You Start/Stop Your Car Remotely

Leading car manufacturer Hyundai will be debuting their next-generation "BLUE LINK" technology and app at CES 2015, The Blue Link smartwatch app once paired via Bluetooth to the owner’s smartphone allows execution of Remote functions from almost anywhere in the U.S. without any range limits as long as the smartphone has a Bluetooth and data connection. Blue Link Smartwatch features voice activated controls for Remote Engine Start/Stop, Remote Door Lock / Unlock, Remote Flash Lights / Honk Horn, Car Finder, Call Roadside and Call Blue Link.

[Video] Jaguar "Transparent Pillar"And "Follow Me" Ghost Car Navigation Concepts

Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) R&D division has been demoing some excellent automotive technology concepts and after "Transparent Windscreen", it's time for Transparent Pillar and Follow Me Ghost Car Navigation concept video demonstrations as shared below.

[Video] ‘The Empty Car Convoy’ : Hyundai Cars To Get Smarter

Adding another entry to the growing list of smart automotive features including more and more technology. Assuring us once again that we could be seeing automated self-driving cars in "near future", Hyundai has released a video titled The Empty Car Convoy which shows six 2015 Hyundai Genesis cars driven by stunt drivers until one by one they jump out of the vehicles in order to allow the cars drive on their own.

‘Jaguar Virtual Windscreen’ Technology Concept Video Demonstration

[Video] Robo Valet Goes Live On German Airport To Park Your Car

Well this is no "Smart-Car" technology but something which you can experience right now - a fully automated Robo driven valet car parking system. German Airport Düsseldorf (DUS) has introduced ParkingPLUS structure with robot valets to take the hassle out of parking for travelers, the Robo named "Ray" measures the vehicle, picks it up with a forklift-like system, and takes it to the parking area, users can call their cars at "Pickup Pods" using their ParkingPLUS mobile app when they come-back, Ray is even connected to the airport's flight data system, and therefore knows when the customer will return for the vehicle.

Serva Robo Parking

Ford And Intel Testing Facial Recognition For Authentication In Cars

All sorts of cool technology is coming to the cars of future and Ford is now testing another clever integration of technology which might end-up in your next car. Dubbed "Ford Mobil" the company in-collaboration with Intel, is testing a facial-recognition system which will perform "in-car" camera based security authentication and personalization based on driver's preference. The system uses front-facing cameras to capture drivers images and perform the facial-recognition, if the driver can't be authenticated it'll send a photo to the vehicle owner's phone asking for permission for this person to drive the vehicle. This could also be used to allow parents to control how loud their kids listen to the music while driving, how fast they can drive, and even simply monitor them driving. The "Ford Mobile" will also utilize gesture and voice recognition technology to make things even easier to control for users while driving.

Ford Mobil
Ford Mobil

[Video] Goodbye carwash, Nissan Unveils The Self-Cleaning Car Technology

In yet another exciting development for automotive technology, Nissan has now unveiled something which every car owner would want - a car that can repel water, oil, dirt, dust, mud and grit making it virtually self-cleaning. Nissan is testing their cars to use the 'super-hydrophobic' and 'oleophobic' nano-technology based paint finish called Ultra-Ever Dry to repel stuff your car encounters making it look dirty. The company is performing extensive trials to determine if the material is durable for long-term use on vehicles, and whether it holds-up good in different weather conditions around the globe. Once cleared the coating will be offered as an after-market option to car owners. Don't miss the demonstration video shared ahead to see this technology in action.

Nissan develops a self-cleaning car

[Video] Land Rover Debuts The 'Transparent' Car Technology And It's Super Useful

Digital Carjackers Show Off New Attacks

Mainstream usage of self-driven cars could be years away, but technology is rapidly making it's way into automobile industry and with that it brings the menace of security breach or hacking. A couple of hackers show off a series of nasty new attacks on cars to forbes and shared them on video for everybody, do watch the video posted below.

Car Hacking
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