How Your Car Talks to Itself: TEI/IET Mobility Newsletter

TEI/IET Mobility Newsletter

Montreal, QC (Dec. 22, 2014) – I talk to my car. Well, usually I am talking to other drivers, but thankfully only my car can hear me. Did you know that your car talks to itself all the time? and it does so in a standard, organized way?

Any new car made since the early 1990s most likely features a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus – this specialized internal communications network has contributed immensely to how cars’ components are controlled and communicate with each other. And CAN is not the only network – LIN, MOST and FlexRay are also present in the car – but these other networks have their own areas of specialty.

Today’s exploding use of communications within automobiles is changing the requirements, standards and expectations for internal communication. The car’s infotainment and telematics modules are connected to CAN. Those modules in turn can hook to the Internet and to consumer devices through USB, Bluetooth and now, even wifi.

As well as the changing nature of what is being communicated, this connectivity opens up the car to others to potentially do things that should not be done – hacking into your car’s controls.

Hence the need for a re-think of CAN; the feature article in this issue provides more details.

Also in this issue, catch up on recent news items relating to mobility, in many cases of interest to those of us in insurance:

  • Car-sharing for the wealthy;
  • Uber’s woes;
  • Sharing: friend or foe of public transit?
  • Vancouver swaps parking requirement for car shares;
  • Cybersecurity laws on their way;
  • Mobility insurance by the mile/km;
  • UK: aiming for the driverless lead;
  • Disruption in delivery;
  • and more.

Read the newsletter (PDF).


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Source: MARCON