Tag: SightGlass News Issue 4

Driverless Volvo trial in Adelaide

Australia needs to act swiftly to avoid the risk of cyberattacks on increasingly computerised vehicles in readiness for the impending arrival of self-driving vehicles and intelligent transport systems, according to academics from QUT in Queensland. Presenting his paper entitled Security Issues for Future Intelligent Transport Systems at the recent Australasian Road Safety Conference on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Continue reading Act now or face hackers taking control of cars: QUT

Elon Musk with Tesla cabin filter

Tesla is known for producing desirable electric luxury cars, and now home energy storage systems using its battery technology, but it caught VASA’s attention when unveiling the new Model X SUV because ts cabin filter has a ‘bioweapon defence mode’. Enigmatic Tesla founder Elon Musk spent some time talking about cabin air filtration during his Continue reading Tesla Model X has the best cabin filter you’ve ever seen

Cuban Communist Party HQ (photo by Marco Zanferrari

We may take safe refrigerant destruction for granted in our part of the world, but Cuba has joined a handful of nations in the Caribbean region capable of safely destroying ozone-depleting substances (ODS). According to Granma (the official voice of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee), Cuba destroyed 258.4 kilograms of ODS in the first nine Continue reading Cuba gets into refrigerant destruction

UK confusion over refrigerant licensing

The British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has admitted that a loophole in ‘F-Gas’ regulations that make up part of European HFC phasedown legislation makes it possible for people without refrigerant recovery qualifications to purchase refrigerants for the service of passenger car air conditioning systems. In June DEFRA issued a notice to Continue reading UK confusion over refrigerant licensing

A screenshot of Auto Digital Master ECU software

But AAAA doesn’t consider it necessary or desirable Down Under The United States Government has amended the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to allow owners of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and agricultural machinery to legally modify onboard computer software, providing these changes do not result in the breach of any Department of Transport or Environmental Continue reading US legalises deeper access to car computers

ECU Diagnosis

Mandatory Code of Practice now the only option: AAAA The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) says the majority of car manufacturers are behaving exactly as expected in response to the Heads of Agreement on Access to Service and Repair Information for Motor Vehicles that was signed in December last year. Almost a year on, only Continue reading Car companies drag repair data sharing chain

Mercedes-Benz S-Class with R744 AC system testing at a simulated 32km/h in a chamber set to 40°C and 40% relative humidity.

German brand sharing CO2 tech to accelerate automotive adoption After years of resistance, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler has finally decided to adopt R1234yf in some models, but only as a stepping-stone towards the range-wide rollout of cars with air conditioning systems using CO2 refrigerant (R744). The first R744-equipped models will be the high-end S-Class and Continue reading Mercedes-Benz adopts R1234yf as CO2 stepping stone

CoolCar Hamilton

The survey  The survey of air conditioning faults in 667 motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, tractors and heavy equipment was conducted from 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015 and includes actual repairs and evaluations carried out by CoolCar air conditioning Centre, Hamilton (more background can be found in the September 2015 edition of SightGlass Continue reading NZ Automotive AC field survey, summer 2014-2015: Part 2