This weekend is the Spa 24 Hours, the highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Series, and this year a number of teams will be competing using the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 race car. Another Aston Martin will be present at the Belgian race, though, and that's the limited edition Vulcan track car.
Miller and Valasek plan to release a paper on their work and present it at the Black Hat conference, which focuses on digital security issues, in August. The vulnerability, according to the Wired article where the hack was revealed, is in the Uconnect system used by Fiat Chrysler in several models. The company has released a patch for the vulnerability.
Electric car maker Tesla conducted a mysterious conference call/press announcement today. By “mysterious,” of course, we simply mean they didn't announce what they were talking about beforehand, and the Internet immediately labeled it mysterious, even though they never announce what they're going to talk about. That company gets buzz handed to it on a silver platter …
The streets of Paris will host a race next April, and London will host two back-to-back races at the end of the season. The UK gets an early peek at the racers too, since track testing will be at Donington Park in August. There's one race still to be determined; officials are hoping to fill the March date with a race in North America. Last year, Miami hosted before the Long Beach Grand Prix, but it appears the city isn't in the running for 2016.
Rather than using the sensors that may be built into your car, the Cruise RP-1 is a pod of cameras, radar, and actuators that is mounted on the roof just above the windshield. It's connected to a computer in the trunk and a button installed on the dashboard. When you're ready for the RP-1 to take over on the highway, just push that button. It will engage adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and lane keeping systems.
With large tech companies like Google and Uber circling driverless cars, the conversation has mostly been one of “how soon can we do this?” and not “should we?” Of course, autonomous cars would be cool, but what are the advantages besides the obvious luxury of not needing an error-prone, human hand behind the wheel?