Cybersecurity: Next Challenge For Electric Cars

Car Jack-Jacking: Cybersecurity Is The Next Challenge For Electric Vehicles | Fast Company.

Wow, glad the author wrote about this key security issue for new electric car industry. As with any electronically controlled device, consider the implications to car owner and the power grid provider of cyber car jacking.  Sets up security issues that extend beyond the simple, personal transaction of juicing up the tank.

While these new cars are capturing the imagination of drivers, many are wary about the reliability of an electric car (will I be stranded roadside, waving a plug and begging for a mobile charge?), while mulling over costs vs. benefits (how high will my household electricity bill rise?). Now, along comes this elephant in the room. A sure challenge for electric car brand marketeers.

Big, smart providers such as RSA and Cisco have already jumped into the electric vehicle field with new products. Will keep an eye on this new tech movement.

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Juice Bars for Electric Cars

On a tour of GM’s Rouge Plant in Detroit last October, I asked our host how drivers of electric vehicles will get their charges, when and where they need them. I was really asking whether or not there were plans afoot for the car maker to get into the service side of the business, too… perhaps in league with utility companies. The prospect of driving an electric car intrigues me, but without an idea of how I will reliably get my car juiced, angst would set in as I ventured far afield.

The host answered that business models were in play that would fill the need, for both home and on-the-go recharging systems. This week’s Fast Company has a concise roundup of the state of things.

Commuters who work at companies that outfit their parking garage with charging stations, and who don’t work in the field will have the least to worry about: Google has become a trial site for a wireless EV charging station strategy at its headquarters in Silicon Valley. That development cycle might leapfrog the expected plug-in interface, planned for home garages and public parking lots.

Speaking of Google… there’s an App for that. They’ve mapped publicly-accessible juice bars for electric cars. Learn more here.

Read more in this article by Ariel Schwartz at FastCompany.com

CES Wraps in Vegas; 140,000+ Attended

CEA, owners and producers of the annual Consumer Electronics Show event, has another one under their belt, one to brag about.

Major technology trends emerged from the CES show floor, including the launch of more than 80 tablets, wireless 4G LTE, connected TV technologies, smart appliances — featured for the first time in show history — and electric vehicles.

Ford Motor’s Alan Mulally unveiled the company’s first electric car at the 2011 International CES with its Ford Focus Electric. Interesting to note that Ford opted to hype this new product line via this consumer venue, alongside the annual car show.

Of note? More than 30,000 international participants… that’s 20% of total headcount. This global technology gathering featured more innovation, more news, more social media buzz and more international attendance than any other show in CES history.

The International CES will return to Las Vegas next January 10-13, 2012.

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