Wednesday January 29, 2020

Electric Cars Can Help You Live Longer: Study

The study pointed out that governments have not been keen to support charging infrastructure due to a variety of industry players being involved and their responsibility to carry some of the cost

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Electric cars are gaining more and more popularity in India and are sure to see a boom in their sales and production in the coming future. Photo: M. Rittgerott
Cadillac Unveils a Photo of What You Would Call its First Electric Car. VOA

Migration from polluting vehicles that burn fossil fuels to electric vehicles, ideally using electricity generated sustainably could significantly reduce the incidence of cardiopulmonary illness due to air pollution, says a study.

This could lead not only to less employee absence from work through illness but also lead to broad improvements in the quality and length of life.

The researchers, Mitchell House and David Wright from the University of Ottawa in Canada, analysed the health benefits associated with driving an electric vehicle, and compared them with the cost of expanding the electric vehicle-charging infrastructure between 2016 and 2021.

The study, published in the International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, found that in the majority of plausible scenarios of balanced growth, when the number of vehicles rises so does the number of charging stations, and there is a positive net benefit to society.

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Tesla cars recharge at a Tesla station at a shopping center in Charlotte, N.C., June 24, 2017. Buyers of Tesla’s luxury models have access to a company-funded Supercharger network. VOA

“Since health benefits accrue to governments, businesses, and individuals, these results justify the use of government incentives for charging station deployment,” the study said.

“The savings that can be achieved by 2021 are higher than the cost of installing charging station infrastructure over a wide range of scenarios,” the researchers added.

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The study pointed out that governments have not been keen to support charging infrastructure due to a variety of industry players being involved and their responsibility to carry some of the cost.

This would include electric utility companies who would profit directly from charging vehicles, out-of-town shopping centres that could attract more customers with charging points in their car parks, the manufacturers of vehicles and a new generation of “gas station” operators. (IANS)

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Electric Automaker Tesla Challenges Hackers to Find Bugs in its Connected Cars

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In March last year, a group of hackers won a Tesla Model 3 and $35,000 for hacking into its systems. Pixabay

Electric automaker Tesla has once again challenged hackers to find bugs in its connected cars.

The Elon Musk-run company is returning to the annual hackers’ competition “Pwn20wn” to be held in Vancouver in March, reports electrek.

Some Model 3 cars and $1 million in award money will be up for grabs.

In March last year, a group of hackers won a Model 3 and $35,000 for hacking into its systems.

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Hackers have also demonstrated how they could trick a Tesla Model S to enter into the wrong lane by using a method called “adversarial attack”. Pixabay

Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team called ‘Fluoroacetate’ exposed a vulnerability in the vehicle system during the hacking competition.

The hackers targeted the infotainment system on the Tesla Model 3.

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According to the Electric Vehicle maker, such hacking events it test as well as improve its security systems.

Hackers have also demonstrated how they could trick a Tesla Model S to enter into the wrong lane by using a method called “adversarial attack”, a way of manipulating a Machine Learning model. (IANS)