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#197 of 627 Re: Run-Away Hybrid in the News #2 [gagrice]
Mar 09, 2007 (7:01 am)
Virus testing on a...car?
Mikko Hypponen, director of antivirus research at F-Secure, recently obtained a 2005 Prius from Toyota. Toyota (which also owns Lexus) said the Bluetooth used in the Prius was similar to the system found in the Lexus. Toyota cars use a proprietary operating system, not Symbian.
Despite re-creating hazardous circumstances, in which someone walks into a Bluetooth-enabled Prius with a Cabir-infected cell phone, the team at F-Secure was unable to infect the Prius. And when the researchers attempted to send the infected SIS file to the car, the Prius responded with a "transfer failed" message. In fact, they were unable to successfully perpetrate any known Bluetooth attack.
So no, Gary, the Prius is not a Microsoft Windows machine - thankfully !!!
#198 of 627 Re: Run-Away Hybrid in the News #2 [larsb]
Mar 09, 2007 (8:02 am)
I was sure that it was not a Microsoft product.
No one has answered the question how do you remove power from the computer/hybrid system if something goes wrong while cruising down the highway? Soft switches do not remove power they only put it into sleep or standby mode. The proof being if you leave the car unattended for a few weeks it discharges the battery making the car unusable. I want to have the ability to CUT OFF the power quickly if the car goes berserk as it allegedly did in Washington this week. I don't think that is unreasonable.
Same goes for a BMW that is out of control.
#199 of 627 Re: Run-Away Hybrid in the News #2 [gagrice]
Mar 09, 2007 (8:34 am)
The Power Button which turns the car ON is also the method of turning the car OFF.
Same as turning off the key on any car.
#200 of 627 Re: Run-Away Hybrid in the News #2 [larsb]
Mar 09, 2007 (9:01 am)
You know me, I hate to disagree with you. The key in my truck turns the actual power to the vehicles operating system (computer) off. It does not drain the battery down as it does in the Toyota hybrids. There are actual electrical contacts that are opened when the key is turned off. It removes power that is required to start all the systems going again. If I am cruising down the road and turn the key off my truck comes to a halt. Maybe not all vehicles use this system. I would be curious to know which ones to steer clear of in my shopping for a vehicle.
#201 of 627 Re: Run-Away Hybrid in the News #2 [gagrice]
Mar 09, 2007 (9:20 am)
Well, now that you mention it, I have no idea what happens if you are driving down the road and push the Power button to turn the Prius/TCH/HiHy off.
Kdhspyder, do you know?
#202 of 627 Re: Run-Away Hybrid in the News #2 [larsb]
Mar 09, 2007 (3:49 pm)
Nope, never tried it but I'll investigate.
#203 of 627 Edmunds says:
Mar 13, 2007 (6:48 am)
Go Thee Forthwith and Purchaseth a Hybrid Car-eth
Considering a hybrid vehicle? Now is the time to buy, according to Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information. There are four key reasons: -0- *T 1. According to Edmunds.com True Market Value(R) (TMV(R)) pricing system, average transaction prices of most hybrid vehicle models are at their lowest levels in history because the supply is finally beginning to exceed the demand. 2. For the first time ever, incentives are being offered on many popular hybrids. 3. Certain hybrid tax credits will be lower for those who purchase later in the spring, after automakers reach specific hybrid sales targets. 4. Gas prices have begun their seasonal rise. AAA recently reported that unleaded fuel is up 32 cents per gallon compared with one month ago.
#204 of 627 Hydrogen Jobs Dissipate
Mar 21, 2007 (11:59 am)
Sadly Hydrogenics, a hydrogen research company in the Province of Ontario, has just laid off 50 staff. Their business is in electrolysers and reformers for the hydrogen economy. They also were working on a hydrogen propelled road vehicle for the US army. I believe they were connected to fuel cell companies on other projects.
This is a very hard business to be in. One view of the feasibility of the hydrogen economy using electrolysers driven by solar energy is expounded by rorr on post #142 at the Hydrogen Fuel Cars forum here.
Mar 21, 2007 (12:08 pm)
A reporter for a weekend news program is looking to interview consumers in the Los Angeles area who are interested in purchasing a hybrid. Please reply to ctalatiedmunds.com no later than Thursday, March 22, 2007 with your daytime contact info.
#206 of 627 Re: Waaaaaaaahhhhhhh! Toyota wants tax credits [moparbad]
Mar 27, 2007 (9:46 am)
How ironic. Since Toyota is #1 Hybrid Company in the World it is very important that the citizens of the United States provide thousands of dollars in incentives to sell each Toyota hybrid cars.
What does the tax credit accomplish? Reduced energy usage? Reduced emissions?
This is not an issue about if you believe are hybrids beneficial. Assuming we've bought into that (I have) and If you believe that the government wants it's citizens to convert to clean cars (hybrids_and they must have) and thus offers incentives, then it makes no sense to take the credits away from Toyota and keep them with Ford, Nissan, Honda and others that enter the hybrid market. Don't mix market control with environmental benefits.