Automatic. Can we keep track of modern cars?

Automatic.  Can we keep track of modern cars?

GPS, sometimes useful snitch

This is a method that has become commonplace and proves to be very practical. GPS for the “Global Positioning System” was invented by the US military.

In public life, it allows everyone to achieve a goal without having to take road maps. It records your position and your destination during the journey.

After all, it will track your previous trips. To become a useful ally for the police: “This is really a reflection. Today GPS, like a smartphone, is a valuable tool during interrogation,” one policeman questioned.

But this is not the only cookie in your car.

Your car knows everything about you

It is very common for rental companies, firms or individuals to embed tracer systems.

In addition to the GPS status, these systems process a lot of information: location, speed, your acceleration, your braking, stopping time or your consumption. This data is compiled and stored in memory.

The company that manages the service, your employer or the police can accurately monitor your movements. But is this possible without these tracer systems?

All cars are affected

Last year, data collection company The Ulysses Group announced that it could resell any vehicle in the world to the U.S. military.

To do this, the company “hacks” airbags, seat belts, engine temperature sensors or autonomous driving. The data is often linked to the vehicle’s geolocation.

The Ulysses Group claims that any trip to the entire planet, with the exception of Cuba and North Korea, can be found by car!

Very relative security

By amplifying remote control systems, manufacturers are multiplying shortcomings.

Today you can start your vehicle remotely, operate heating or air conditioning or follow maintenance remotely. In case of theft, the vehicle can be forced to stop.

We also know that with very little equipment, these systems are easy to transport. In the hands of “pirates”, a driver can be made to believe that his tire has been removed, thus many recent studies show.

A big role

In 2017, Jason Hughes, described as a “protocol hacker”, was able to remotely control Tesla with its identification number. A defect has been reported to the manufacturer, after which it will invite hackers to inspect its vehicles.

These hackers may guarantee your security in the future.

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Cory Weinberg

About the Author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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