Newsletter: Why Amazon Acquires Doorbell Company & Autonomous Cars Need To Be Hacker-Proof By Law

Newsletter: Why Amazon Acquires Doorbell Company & Autonomous Cars Need To Be Hacker-Proof By Law

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Technology has moved away from sharing and toward ownership. This suits software and hardware companies just fine: They create new, bloated programs that require more disk space and processing power. We buy bigger, faster computers, which then require more complex operating systems, and so on.” ~ Douglas Rushkoff

AMAZON ACQUISITION OF RING SUGGESTS ITS ENTRY INTO SMART HOME BUSINESS?

THE STORY

Amazon took over Ring, a company which is renowned for internet-connected doorbells and cameras.

DOES RING HAVE A RING TO IT?

When the news broke about Amazon buying the manufacturer of connected video doorbells and security cameras, Ring, it didn’t surprise a lot of people. As it has been making smaller investments in the area.

Amazon launched Echo, worked to make Alexa better and now went on and bought the biggest fish in the smart home industry. What is it that Amazon want?

Ring is a famous company which is known for its product, a doorbell with a security camera inside. The device enables the homeowners to keep an eye on visitors at their doorstep through an app installed on their phone when they’re not home. Ring makes sure that user’s home is “safe and secure”

WHAT IS AMAZON’S MOTIVE?

Well, this is not the first company that Amazon acquired in smart doorbell manufacturer field but this is definitely the biggest. This acquisition is encouraged by the success that Amazon got after launching a line of Echo products. The Echo products allow users to control surveillance cameras, thermostats and other connected devices with voice commands.

Ring has added Alexa integration into its products. It means that you can see the video feeds from Ring Doorbell to Fire TV and Echo Show. This will show a video feed of the front door, even if you are not home.

Now, we can only imagine the next step after this acquisition. In future, people might lock or unlock their house front door with Alexa and instruct delivery people when not home.

Amazon is taking baby steps but steady ones to enter the smart home market, not only to be just the part of it but to rule it.


IF YOU HAVE AN SELF DRIVING CAR THEN IT SHOULD BE SHIELDED FROM CYBER CRIMES

THE STORY

California Department of Motor Vehicles announced that self-driven cars can hit the road provided they are hacker-proof.

WHY DID CALIFORNIA’S OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPROVE A SELF AUTONOMOUS CAR?

The autonomous car technology was pushed by many automobile companies to come into being but there was also a lot suspicion of it being a success. Moreover, critics are concerned about hackers taking over the vehicle or vehicle losing control due to some technical issues.

Now, California’s Office of Administrative Law has approved rules under a self-driven car is allowed to run on roads. Prior to this, an approved driver behind the wheel on an autonomous car was mandated, in case anything goes wrong. This Monday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles changed the regulations with a condition that the vehicle should be hacker-proof.

According to the California DMV’s press release stated, “Certify the vehicle meets current industry standards to help defend against, detect and respond to cyber-attacks, unauthorized intrusions or false vehicle control commands.”

A research done including 519 people by a psychologist at the University of Michigan in February 2017, showed that people were concerned about hackers being able to control the autonomous cars.  Many other theories also supported the same views.

The condition applied to self-driven cars being able to combat cybercrimes must have some sort of relief to the concerned people.

WHAT DIFFERENCE COULD AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CAN BRING?

Imagine all the cars being self-driven and no chaos on the street. These cars can navigate themselves without any hassle. With California’s Department of Motor Vehicles supporting the technology with added sub clause for protection will make the technology secure and trustworthy.

Though the technology is in its initial phase, it is always better to take care of all the possible threats it could prone to.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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