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Submission + - Tesla CTO talks Model S, batteries and in-car Linux (

angry tapir writes: "The IDG News Service recently had a chance to speak to JB Straubel, chief technology officer for Tesla, about the Model S all-electric car, its design and technology, and his outlook on electric vehicle technology. He also shed a little light on the car's Linux-based software system."

Submission + - The shoddy state of automative security ( 1

angry tapir writes: "Researchers from Rutgers University and University of South Carolina have found that wireless communications between new cars and their tires can be intercepted or even forged. While the potential for misuse may be minimal, this vulnerability points to a troubling lack of rigor with secure software development for new automobiles, said Wenyuan Xu, a computer science assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, who was a co-lead on the study. The researchers will present their findings at the Usenix Security Symposium, being held this week in Washington D.C."

Submission + - Nissan car brakes automatically to avoid collision ( 1

angry tapir writes: "A new safety system developed by Nissan ties together a car-mounted radar and computer to reduce the risk of collisions. The "forward collision avoidance assist concept," which was demonstrated by the car maker this week at its research center in Japan, keeps a watch on the road ahead with a radar system mounted behind the car's front bumper."

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.