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Two Senators Push FCC for Rules to Make Hacking Harder

Duo looking to restrict access to short-range frequencies.

by on Aug.11, 2016

Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Richard Blumenthal are pushing the FCC to restrict access to DSRCs to cut down on hacking.

Cyber security is growing into a major issue for the automobile industry as new technology proliferates in cars and on roadways. Now, a pair of U.S. senators are looking to the Federal Communications Commission to exert tighter control over the short-range frequencies that enable cars to “talk” to each other.

Concerns about car hacking have already caught the attention of the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., who has long played a role in shaping telecommunications policy on Capitol Hill, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who has taken an interest in automotive-related issues, are also asking the FCC to explore whether the use of short-range communications, which many experts consider to be a key technology for autonomous and semi-autonomous driving vehicles could be threatened by hacking. (more…)

Senators Pressuring Automakers to Improve Seat Safety

Market, Blumenthal send letter to 17 makers asking for information about seats.

by on May.27, 2016

Sen. Richard Bluenthal (D-Conn.) is teaming with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to pressure automakers to improve front seat back safety standards.

The crashworthiness of today’s vehicles are at levels not seen before, automakers claim, using a variety of test results to support the assertion. Those claims are most likely true, except for one, little-thought about part of the car: the seat back.

Two of the biggest critics of automakers, Sens Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), are pushing the companies to address a new concern: the weakness of seat backs.

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The two senators have asked 17 automakers to provide a spate of documents about their vehicles and specifically, the seat backs. (more…)