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Expert Voices contributor Yossi Vardi weighs in on the shortcomings of cybersecurity measures in vehicles.
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The road to growth for an American driverless shuttle maker is being blocked by regulatory processes that put domestic startups at a disadvantage to foreign rivals.
The big picture: Absent a broad government policy on self-driving cars, most companies must find a way around federal motor vehicle safety standards to test or deploy their AVs on public roads.
Another type of AV — those boxy 8- or 10-passenger driverless shuttles — falls through the cracks, however, and the only domestic producer, Local Motors, is paying the price.
Yes, but: Local Motors is a small company with huge ambitions and it's not clear it could deliver even if it received the necessary exemptions.
The intrigue: Foreign players are beginning to worry they'll be locked out in the U.S., which is why Easy Mile is exploring partnerships to put its technology on U.S.-built buses and why Navya opened a facility in Michigan.
What to watch: Two things could change the landscape for both domestic and imported shuttle operators.
VW's ID.3 is aimed at the mass market, but won't go on sale in the U.S. Photo: VW
The long-promised electric car revolution is finally getting underway this week at the Frankfurt auto show, but a host of industry challenges — both economic and technological — "threaten to wipe out profits and shake it to the core," writes Forbes.
The big picture: Carmakers warned that trade tensions risk dragging the global economy into a recession, according to Bloomberg, casting a pall over the event, one of the industry's most important showcases for future technologies.
Not the way you want to launch some of the most important vehicles in decades:
Quick take: I'm looking forward to driving all 3 of these electric cars, but I'm bummed that the cute and retro city car, Honda e, isn't headed to the U.S. market.
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Amidst legislative stalling, a consortium of 12 manufacturers has developed a framework for automotive cybersecurity best practices, Yossi Vardi writes for Axios Expert Voices.
The big picture: At first glance, their guidelines hit the right points — incorporating security into design, developing risk assessment and incident response strategies — but current security solutions are not sufficient against increasingly sophisticated threats.
Background: The Self-Drive Act, a bill that didn't make it through Congress, required "manufacturers of highly automated vehicles to develop written cybersecurity and privacy plans for such vehicles prior to offering them for sale."
What's happening: Today, most security solutions rely on rules, logic and signatures to detect threats, but this means they can only detect known threats. Contemporary security systems essentially do the bare minimum to comply with security guidances.
What's needed: To go beyond compliance and prevent hackers before they compromise security measures, manufacturers need to develop systems that will enable them to meet these still-unknown threats.
Yossi Vardi is the CEO of SafeRide Technologies, an automotive cybersecurity startup.
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High-powered spray nozzles wash bugs from AV sensors. Photo: Ford
Ford has developed a self-driving car that's insect-proof.
Why it matters: If you've ever driven a car with bug guts smeared across your windshield you know how it affects visibility. Self-driving car sensors have the same problem.
To better understand its nemesis, Ford consulted with zoologist Mark Hostetler, author of "That Gunk on Your Car," and then built a makeshift bug launcher to fire insects at its sensors, according to a Medium post by Ford engineer Venky Krishnan.
The engineering solution was two-fold: