Friday, July 31, 2015
Hi folks -- I am very interested in finding out more about what was done historically at GM's R&D facility between 1956 and 1990. What main lines of research and development were connected there over the long haul? What were the major accomplishments? What were some of the projects that did not pan out? How was R&D organized, and how did that organization change over time. Who were the leaders at the laboratory and what was their impact? I am starting to collect material and would appreciate any leads on this topic.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
For decades, motorsport events on the historic Solitude circuit between Leonberg and Stuttgart delighted hundred thousands of spectators. In 1965, a decision was made to shut down the racetrack. In memory of the motorsport events of days gone by, last weekend the classic car motor racing festival “Solitude Revival” was held. The Porsche museum supported the event and presented unique classics from its collection, for example a 356 B 2000 GS Carrera GT, known as the “Dreikantschaber” (“triangular scraper”). A further highlight: the 356 B 1600 GS Carrera GTL Abarth.
The spectators were able to see racing legends such as Hans Herrmann, Kurt Ahrens, David Piper, Rudi Lins and Eberhard Mahle behind the wheel. Also participating were Matthias Müller, CEO of Porsche AG, and Thomas Edig, Board Member for Human Resources. The select starting grid was completed by Porsche works drivers Michael Christensen, Marc Lieb and Timo Bernhard.
However, this year the Solitude Revival was overshadowed by a tragic incident: five people were injured during a race accident and the race was terminated
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The winner was Milt Marion in a Ford V-8. The prize was $5,000. Among the drivers were Indy winner Bill Cummings; dirt track champions Bob Sall, Doc Mackenzie and ben Shaw; Major Goldie Gardner; Miles and Sam Collier; and Bill France.
Marions engine had no gaskets; rather it was held together by Permatex Form-A-Gasket-1 and Form-A-Gasket-2, to prove that the engine could hold together only with Permatex products.
Not so funny thing is, in the computer world, we rely upon discovery of virus’ or identification of vulnerabilities proactively and by the good guys and antivirus software, but think about the car thief. The car thief isn’t wildly propagating a computer virus, they are specifically targeting a vehicle to be taken (and not left for the owner to discover said virus and report it). So vulnerabilities that thief networks use for exploitation of these car systems will not necessarily be found or publicized.
Interesting challenges ahead, and some behavioral changes necessary for things such as Infotainment System Updates having to be “maintained” just like other integral components of a car.
Another thought, since North America is going Smart Card Credit Card, is to revamp the traditional Key or Key Fob for access to a vehicle with a Smart Card embedded token of some sort that requires a PIN code to unlock the on token authorization to start the vehicle (and continue to provide authentication real time until removed). Like IT (and because cars are increasingly being integrated with Information Systems), you really need 2-factor security to ensure all systems are safe. Single factor security such as a Key or Fob meets the “Something I have” criteria, but not the “Something I know” (such as a PIN) or “Something I am” (such as biometrics). Keys and or Fobs are easy to take and use (or not even have to use in the case of this video), but having a key plus a PIN code to access any system in the car would easily prevent attacks such as these.
From my son-in-law, Tony.
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