April 14, 2024

U.S. auto safety officials announced Tuesday that automakers could adhere to the Massachusetts law that requires them to transfer vehicle data to independent repair shops, changing earlier objections to the possibility of making the vehicles more susceptible to hacking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared automakers can securely share diagnostic information with independent shops via short-range wireless technology. However, it warned that using longer-range wireless signals could let hackers transmit dangerous commands to vehicles.

Massachusetts residents in 2020 voted for an initiative that grants private repair facilities access to diagnostic information that cars with newer technology can send directly to manufacturers and dealers to allow customers to get repairs without dealerships.
NHTSA in June advised 22 automakers not to adhere to the open-access law since it could allow for the manipulation of braking, steering, and other vital safety functions. It also allows hackers to “remotely command vehicles to operate dangerously.” Following talks with Massachusetts, NHTSA said the state has clarified that automakers can meet the law with the “short-range wireless compliance approach, implemented appropriately.” The longer-range wireless technology could present dangers, according to the agency.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office said it was pleased with “NHTSA’s clarification today that our state law is not preempted by federal law.” The office stated that automakers are now required to adhere to the state’s law.
NHTSA stated that automakers must be granted “a reasonable period of time” to implement security measures in place. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation trade group representing major automakers like General Motors, Toyota Motor, and Volkswagen has not commented. However, it has previously said that the state law requires automobile manufacturers “to remove essential cybersecurity protections from their vehicles.”

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With iOS 17, Apple Maps will show real-time charging availability, allowing electric car (EV) users to choose their preferred charging network. The tech giant initially revealed support for electric vehicle routes within Apple Maps back at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020, according to 9To5Mac. The feature was first released for Ford Mustang Mach-E drivers last year, followed by Porsche Taycan drivers in spring. With iOS 17 installed on users’ iPhones, Apple Maps will ask them to establish their preferred charging networks for their EVs.

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