Car Hacking: Safeguarding Your Connected Car

Computer viruses are nothing new. The brutal lessons learned from those who’ve survived them make us more cautious when surfing the digital wave on our devices. But how often do we think of our vehicles as motorized computers? Today’s automobiles include operating systems that provide climate control, fuel efficiency, satellite-based entertainment, automated safety features and more. Basically, we’re driving smartphones on wheels, something we tend to forget.

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Automated Vehicles and the Government: Connecting Through DOT

On September 19, 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is implementing policies to regulate and support the manufacturing and street readiness of automated vehicles. This giant leap forward comes after several meetings with industry professionals, public input forums and consultations with tech companies. Called the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, the 116-page plan offers four key points of focus and a 15-point safety assessment that gives guidelines for manufacturers to follow. Unique preparation for a new world of automated vehicles This forward movement on automated vehicles is new for government.

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Green Vehicle Initiatives: Creating a More Eco-Friendly World

Automobiles account for over 27 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). What kind of green vehicle initiatives are federal, state, local and global leaders presenting to address this world-changing issue? When President Obama took to U.S. streets in 2010 to promote eco-friendly solutions to the climate issues facing the nation, he shared his goal of having 1 million plug-in hybrids on highways by 2015. Due to lower than anticipated fuel prices, only ¼ of the objective has been met.

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Auto Legislation Guide: Everything You Need to Know

With connected and autonomous or self-driving cars hitting the news and government dockets, auto legislation has become a trending topic. It’s also a complicated web of regulations and “what ifs.” And this glut of laws, bills and more not only affect automobile dealers and the industry as a whole, but drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. The motor vehicle world is becoming more digitally enabled. No surprise there, but local, state and federal judiciaries are facing both technologies and a public that are shifting faster than current codes and laws can regulate. Add to that the changing face of mobile tech.

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5 Ways Failure to Meet FMCSA Regulations Could Kill Your Business

If drivers quite literally drive your business, awareness of—and adherence to—Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations is critical. This detailed set of regulations: Governs commercial drivers, including bus and truck drivers Governs who coordinates transport, including managers and supervisors Protects goods transported Protects the general public While largely unknown to consumers, this agency’s policies are critical to commercial enterprises. With autonomous trucks and self-driving cars gaining prevalence, auto legislation is only expected to rise. So whether your company relies on a fleet of rigs or buses, it’s important to familiarize yourself with these regulations to ensure FMCSA remains a friend and not a foe. Below are five ways that failure to meet FMCSA regulations could kill your business.

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States Seek to Fix Crumbling Infrastructure With Per-Mile Gas Tax

A drive on countless deteriorating highways and bridges around the country reveals the dire state of the nation’s network of roads. Some states are taking action to increase their infrastructure funds with new taxes based on miles driven, rather than gallons of fuel purchased. Find out how such a tax scheme might affect you from MVSC: http://bit.ly/1oTwsFs.

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What’s the Driver Privacy Act and How Will It Affect You or Your Business?

By Mark Phelan President Obama signed the Driver Privacy Act (DPA) of 2015 in December. The DPA was enacted to set guidelines when it comes to the collection of data from a car’s event data recorder (EDR). The purpose of this legislation is to ensure only the vehicle’s owner or lessee can freely access this potentially sensitive information. What does an EDR collect? Among other stats, an EDR records data seconds before and after a collision including detailed information on speed, seat position, seatbelts, accelerator and braking.

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Has Odometer Fraud Seen Its Last Days?

Did you know odometer fraud is still rampant in used car sales and a new federal law not only combats this, but has opened the final frontier for states to take vehicle purchasing and registration digital? It’s true. The recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (otherwise known as the FAST Act) includes a provision to replace paper-and-ink signatures for odometer readings with electronic ones. But don’t get excited just yet. This law, which was signed by President Obama in December 2015, only gives states the green light to drive their own electronic odometer (or eOdometer) disclosure programs.

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FAST Act Lets States Accept e-Signatures on Cars

A provision included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the five-year highway and transportation bill recently passed in Congress, will give states the ability to start accepting electronic signatures for car purchases. The provision effectively makes an end run around rules that were supposed to be authored 18 months ago, but have gone nowhere. The provision will allow state Departments of Transportation to move forward with programs that would implement “electronic odometer disclosures, notices, and related materials,” which is a stuffy way of saying all of the things you do when you buy and register a new car can now be done online. According to John Brueggeman, a former state senator from Montana and executive vice president of the California-based Motor Vehicle Software Corporation (MVSC), dealers are willing to put the software in place, but haven’t been able to get around reporting requirements already on the books. Existing federal law requires odometer disclosures to be hand-written, slowing the efficiency of all vehicle-related transactions, including sales and registration.

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States Now Have Power to Allow e-Signatures on Odometer Disclosures

Dealerships could be inching closer to all electronic documents, thanks to a bill signed into federal law this month. President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, into law Dec. 4. Before the bill, the federal government required wet signatures on odometer disclosures. Now, states can decide whether or not to allow electronic signatures on odometer forms, which could speed up the F&I process and reduce errors and fraud.

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