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Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2: New entry model will be rear-wheel drive! was originally published on The German Car Blog on Monday, January 31, 2011.Related posts:
Swiss researchers have found a flaw in vehicle security by proving a means to steal cars with keyless entry and starting systems. Using two people and two antennas (one near the car, and the other near the owner with the key), researchers at ETH Zurich found that they can remotely transmit a key’s code to the car to open doors and the trunk—without the owner being aware. If the car also has a push-button start system, the signal can be used to start the car and drive away. The researchers say this is possible no matter what encryption technology an automaker uses, because the car registers the key as being nearby.
These types of “keyless” systems differ from earlier “remote entry” systems, because you never have to take the key out of your pocket. That means you don’t have to be pressing a button for the “key” in your pocket or purse to be transmitting a signal, making it easier for thieves to pick up. If your car has keyless entry but requires a physical key to start, the researchers say it is much more secure. In such cases, the researchers could still open the car, but not start it.
Other researchers, such as a pair at Johns Hopkins University, have found they can hack sophisticated electronic RFID security systems embedded in modern car keys that deter thieves from using copied keys. But doing so requires sophisticated decryption software, close proximity to the key, and some time.
By contrast, the ETH Zurich researchers system simply passes the actual key’s encrypted signal through to the car from a remote location. They successfully tested the system on 10 car models from eight carmakers, using just $100 to $1,000 worth of relatively simple electronic equipment, the researchers say.
Despite the relative ease of stealing a car this way, car thefts overall have dropped since 1998, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute, primarily as encrypted electronic transmitters embedded in keys have become almost universal. Continuing that trend, however, looks like it may require continued vigilance by owners and increasingly sophisticated automotive security systems.
Volkswagen: Rumors about Formula 1 heating up again due to new engine rules was originally published on The German Car Blog on Wednesday, December 15, 2010.Related posts:
The trouble with rumors is that they often change shapes and directions like a cloud on a windy day. Today's "it's a lion, no, no it's a tree with a face!" comes from the Detroit News who are reporting that the new Dodge Viper is confirmed for production in 2012 as a 2013 model and that it is not based on an Alfa platform. The 2013 Dodge Viper will use an architecture of its own that will be less cabin rearward, and have a similar shape to the 8c, but with different proportions. It will not use a Ferrari powerplant.
But even without Ferrari engines or Alfa frames, Fiat will be involved in the new Viper. Ralph Gilles told the DET, "We will use their expertise to open the performance envelope in the Viper. Fiat has an awesome ability to tune cars. I want the new Viper to be a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people. We've never had stability control on a high-performance car, which is about to happen on the new car."
Traction control. More drivable. More accessible. Less cabin-rearward. So they're building a Corvette?
( The Detroit News )
You're all getting good at this. Too good. I started and changed my mind at least three times on this one. And at the end, the one that I'm still giggling over is Felonius' entry. Good one. Same (general) time, same place next week?
"These are not the Hyundais you are looking for"
"And then after President Putin shot the tiger and saved the scientists, he built a car out of toilet paper and drove away . . ." (This was a close second for the week)
wait! we're still peeling off the ugly from the last model!
"I love this Hyundai so much I want to take it behind the middle school and . . . wait, are you taping this?"
"Valets Gone Wild: Uncensored"
"This is the last time I let Dexter detail my car!" (Annnd, this one was third. So close.)