The Big, Hidden Questions of Connected Cars: Page 2 of 2

There are questions around connected cars that many engineers and experts aren't considering.

a smartphone, updates can be completed instantly, but the components of the vehicle require more involved work, or can’t reasonably be updated without additional expense. The customers’ expectations for the latest features will have to be managed by the realities of car production.

With this in mind one must also consider the distributor level as well. The sales staff at dealerships will need advanced training on all of the tech functionality of modern cars in order to offer a satisfactory customer experience. It also begs the question of who will bear the costs of connectivity in terms of data usage? Will consumers add the car as a “device” to their existing mobile plans, or will the costs be added to car payments/leases?

What do you see as some unintended benefits and challenges of connected cars? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


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David Zimmerman, CEO of LC Technology International, Inc., has been in the hardware/software industry for over 30 years, specifically in the data recovery software market for 18 years.

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So someone hacks into their own car, grabs information from a nearby car (V2V Connectivity, you know?) and suddenly they find out additional information, such as owner, address, phone, etc. This could lead to a lot of problems... How will that be prevented? Hackers are pretty ingenious and finding ways to get into systems and get information.

Worse than that, one could spam false telemetry to make someone else think collision was imminent, making them slam on the brakes, causing them to create a possibly fatal rear end collision from the cars behind them. This could easily be used to commit murder.

There is no question that some people with the old fashion drive it your self cars will "game" the self aware cars. Teenagers come to mind but you know it will be worse than that. And what about organized crime? How will they use this new technology.

The question on network strain depends on which, when and how data is transmitted. Position data and vectoral speed may be transmitted rather often to allow external systems to guide traffic or help crash prevention by inter-car communication. External systems may help guiding traffic, by knowing the final target at beginning of the cruise. General collected data may be transmitted when reaching free or dedicated WLANs. Given todays video streams, car telemetry data is really SMALL.

That is wrong because first of all, video streams often glitch due to not enough bandwidth already. And that is with expensive dedicated 4D cellphone technology. But even more important is you forget that there may be thousands of vehicles all in close proximity. Even if you had the bandwidth, there is no way a cpu can track them all at the same time.

I would venture to say that many accidents are from speeding in excess and the victim pulls out in front of a car that they would have no way of seeing if they are traveling at over 120 feet a second. This device will prevent the wrong blame. Who will pay for the device? The privacy and automobile control will be compromised. I like the car to car communication as it would prevent most accidents but keep control in the correct hands. It wouldn't cost the car owner any extra fees.

Since everyone speeds, everyone will simply disconnect their system. Nor is a machine capable of being used in court as a witness, since there is no way to guarantee maintenance, accuracy, or cross examine the accusing machine. No will such devices be cheap, or reliable in the harsh environment of a DC vehicle.

No one will ever tolerate or accept networked cars. It would be the end of privacy, speeding, and safety, as there will be a public record of everywhere you went, how fast you got there, and any hacker can easily cause you to die. Besides, networks are always unreliable and go down due to things like sunspots, tunnels, or excess packets.

So you take a system that does not even work very well at home with dedicated fiber optic, and try to put it every where with wireless transmission, with hardware on the harsh environment of 12 volt automobile, and expect that to be reliable enough for your life? Not on your life.

And what about my 5th amendment right to avoid self-incrimination? If the DOT requires my car to broadcast its telemetry, then they are effectively telling me I must incriminate myself immediately should I violate the speed limit laws.


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