AD #2045 – Hack-Proof Cars Could Come Soon, PSA Wants to Buy Opel, Mercedes Taps Horse & Buggy Styling

February 14th, 2017 at 11:48am

Runtime: 7:58

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- Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
- PSA Wants to Buy Opel
- Ferrari’s Revenue Breakdown
- China Blocks Korean Battery Makers
- Why We Need Autonomous Cars
- Experts Say Hack-Proof Cars Coming Soon

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25 Comments to “AD #2045 – Hack-Proof Cars Could Come Soon, PSA Wants to Buy Opel, Mercedes Taps Horse & Buggy Styling”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “Hack proof cars”….now there’s a challenge to those that want to prove there’s no such thing as ‘hack proof’. This could get messy…

  2. Ctech Says:

    You can make them hack resistant, but not hack proof.

    If PSA buys Opel, will it also get Vauxhall? Much is shared between them in Europe.

    Besides a highly paid rapper or athlete who would buy that G wagen landaulet?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 Opel and Vauxhall, are basically the same thing. If PSA buys one, surely they would get both. If this happens, would the next Regal be a PSA design?

  4. Jeff Taylor Says:

    I think these cars will be hack proof in the same way that the Titanic was unsinkable. While we need to do everything we can to prevent hacking, you have to recognize that it is an impossible goal.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    GM selling Opel would be a curious move to make considering that Opel’s now responsible for models over 4 brands. If sold that surely would kill models being sold to Holden and Buick. I think any sale of Opel would have to include Vauxhall which are just RHD Opels for the most part.

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Chauffeured off-roading……………what? or should I say, WTF.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Nothing a “hacker” needs is an incentive to hack a car (by telling them it is hack-proof). All that does is create a challenge.

  8. Brett Says:

    As an computer professional of over forty years, I feel comfortable saying that it is quite possible to make a system hack-proof if you subordinate every other function of the system to that goal. As soon as you accede anything to enable some requested functionality, you lose.

  9. Wim van Acker Says:

    @3 Yes, and it will get a French name: “Royale”

  10. Marshy Says:

    Cryptologists are for encoding. Encrypted systems are good but don’t prevent hacking. Systems fail under testing in their implementation, not based on encryption used. The fact that they are “rolling their own” systems is almost a guarantee of bugs in the field. Ask any real security expert who works in the field. Securing a new system, especially one that you can’t publically beta test, is really hard.

  11. W L Simpson Says:

    dead serious driver training, 100 years overdue, would reduce accidents cheaper than autonomy.

  12. Jon M Says:

    There lived some corporate titans who said of autonomous cars, “it’s impossible from preventing a hacker from getting into your car, but you can then prevent him from doing any damage.” A journalist replied, “The way I describe it is that it’s like catching a hacker, locking him in a metal cabinet, and then putting that in the basement.” “We’ll see” said the Zen master.

  13. Lex Says:

    GM should sell off both Opel and Vauxhall to PSA.
    Then GM can concentrate on Chevy and Cadillac in Europe. Cadillac can sell luxury cars and Chevy can sell the Volts and Bolts EVs along with light and medium duty trucks and pickups.

    The new Buick and Holden models which were coming out of Opel will then come out of GM’s Chinese Divisions.

  14. wmb Says:

    Never knew that some many big celebrities and executives needed to go so heavily off road to talk about their next Mega money making deal, let alone be chauffeur driven while doing it!

  15. Lex Says:

    Nothing is “Hack-Proof”!

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #9 That name has a storied past:

  17. Lisk Says:

    Since GM has more of less given up on the idea of selling the Chevrolet Brand in Europe, (exept for the Soccer deal with ?Manchester United?) I find it curious they would consider selling Opel/ Vauxhall since that is where all the marketing play went. GM finally has their European operations on the cusp of being profitable, so why sell now unless they don’t have any new products in the pipeline.
    I’m curious what PSA brought to the table to GM as the products take markedly different paths.

    Declaring a vehicle or anything un-hackable just gives hacker the incentive to successfully hack them…and they will.

  18. Lex Says:

    I was reading that if GM sells Opel to PSA then if might be able to buy all or parts of FCA.
    The only thing items of value are the Jeep brand, the Dodge muscle cars (SRT) including Mopar and Pacifica minivan. The Fiat and Alfa Romero brands are pointless in North America.

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  20. Barry Rector Says:

    If GM sells Opel, where will Buick get its cars?

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Aren’t Regal and Cascada the only Opel-based Buicks?

  22. Earl Says:

    Wasn’t there a rumour going around that PSA was looking at coming back into the U S market again.Any comment.
    As for the Regal and Cascada they’re not setting any sales records. The Buick dealer can sell a few more Terrain’s and Envisions to make up for those cars.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I remember such rumours about PSA a few years ago, but it seems unlikely in the truck-centric U.S. market. I like their small cars, though. A few years ago, I rented a Citroen C4. It was a little quirky, but not overly so. It drove well, and got great fuel economy, with its diesel/manual powertrain.

  24. pedro fernandez Says:

    If PSA buys GM Europe, we will see more GM vehicles designed/engineered in Korea and China

  25. veh Says:

    Agree with others that there’s likely no such thing as hack-proof. Like saying foolproof; fools will always find a way