Railway Disasters And Their Distracted Operators The February rail crash in Bavaria killing 11 was not an isolated incident. In fact, railway accidents are on the rise for several reasons. Some blame old railways and loose spikes for derailments. Others will point to antiquated safety signaling systems or lack of Positive Train Control (PTC). But the… Read More »
Cybersecurity and the future of smart cars
A few years ago my car was stolen. It was a truly horrific event that still makes me triple-check that all the doors are locked and the alarm is set each time I park. I’ve also experienced having my credit card compromised, my website and Twitter accounts breached, and my checking account hacked, resulting in… Read More »
How Easy Is It For Hackers To Jack The Tower?
Earlier this month the Government Accountability Office issued a 46-page report outlining security vulnerabilities in critical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) systems. The report concerns the national airspace system (NAS) used to track and direct public and private aircraft. Many of these issues are common in all types of organizations, so look over the FAA’s list of… Read More »
Drive Towards Self-Driving Vehicles
This week, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill establishing safety and performance guidelines for autonomous vehicles operating on California’s roads. For now the ones to benefit most from this is Google and their self-driving Prius which has already logged over 300,000 successful autonomous driven miles. In an All Things D interview, Google co-founder Sergey Brin says, “These… Read More »
Distracted Driving: Social Problem Calls for Hardware Solution
There’s a reason why this blog post contains “distracted driving” in the headline. Just Google this or any variation on the term and you will find dozens of new stories popping up daily. Smartphones are the new “hotcakes” in terms of sales so naturally, they have become as ubiquitous as the drivers they distract. Cell… Read More »
How Safe is Your Train Ride???
Today is the four year anniversary of the deadly Metrolink commuter train crash that left 25 people dead. The $200 Million settlement was awarded to the victims and their families and is actually capped as the maximum amount under United States law. After a 16 month investigation, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded the… Read More »