SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- AIRMIKA, INC. of Southern Pines, North Carolina, manufacturer of the AUTOcyb™ – automotive black box cyber security lock, and a 2013 Technovation Selectee at the Consumers Electronics CEweek in NYC is launching a crowdfunding project at Indiegogo.com. A July New York Times article cited the founder and the product.
Our view is that when you purchase a vehicle you own more than just the vehicle – you own the electronic data the vehicle creates and stores. We believe you should control access to this data to prevent tampering and misuse. Thus, we provide a simple solution to do so, the AUTOcyb™ - automotive cyber security lock, a vehicle connector lockout to safeguard access to in-vehicle electronics networks. Approximately 4000 units are available to donors.
The project goal is to fund additional manufacturing and marketing efforts.
The technology was created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology to help provide greater consumer protections by improving the effectiveness of automotive event data recorders (EDRs) "black boxes" with new lockout functionality designed to prevent data tampering, such as Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) altering and odometer fraud. It also addresses concerns over privacy rights by establishing standards protecting data from misuse.
As early as 1996, auto manufacturers began installing EDRs as part of car and light truck airbag modules. Triggered by certain conditions, such as changes in vehicle speed, EDRs collect a variety of data during crash and near-crash events. Data typically collected includes speed at time of impact, steering angle, whether brakes were applied, and seatbelt usage during the crash.
Tom Kowalick, Founder and President of AIRMIKA, Inc. notes "Legal issues revolve around ownership of the data and the extent to which the Fourth Amendment privacy protections prohibit seizure of that data absent consent. To date there is no consensus among the Courts."
EDR data has been used in criminal cases to prosecute drivers who drove recklessly before fatal collisions and in civil cases to prove or rebut vehicle‐defect claims. Ownership of the EDR and EDR data is a matter of State law, and such provisions vary considerably among only 14 States. In addition, courts can subpoena EDR data through court orders, and some States collect data under their existing State laws governing crash investigations. Federally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers the owner of the vehicle to be the owner of the data collected from an EDR. Clearly the law in this area will evolve as more electronics-intensive vehicles capture a broader scope of information.
The AUTOcyb™ is designed for post-1996 light vehicles (cars and light trucks) that contain a Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC) which is accessible and in good working condition. It attaches to the vehicle's DLC, normally located under the dash, and can be removed for vehicle maintenance, inspection, or emissions testing. This connector lockout gives the reassurance of knowing that you have control of crash data access. The black box / EDR will still work exactly as it is designed to. You determine when and who sees the data (within State law) and thus, control how it is used.
Using the AUTOcyb™ establishes the fact that the vehicle owner believes others must receive permission or resort to legal measures to access crash data via the DLC interface port. Kowalick recommends, "The least you can do is make everyone follow the law. This device helps to protect you against unlawful search and seizure."
Media Contact: Thomas M. Kowalick, AIRMIKA, INC., 910-246-8099, firstname.lastname@example.org
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