Week in Review: Auto, Security, Ubiquitous Computing

Week in Review: Auto, Security, Ubiquitous Computing

Ubiquitous Computing

The Swedish network systems company Ericsson sells its IoT business platform to the IoT company Air for an undisclosed amount. Ericsson will transfer its IoT Accelerator and Connected Vehicle Cloud businesses and assets to Aeris, a company that focuses on industrial, automotive and medical IoT networks. The complexity and fragmentation of the IoT space requires more personalized and practical maintenance. According to Ericsson’s press announcement, Ericsson lost money on its IoT business, which consists of 9,000 companies using its IoT asset management software to manage more than 95 million connected devices with 22 million eSIM connections. IoT connectivity company Ericsson expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2023. Founded in 1996, Aeris is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Dyson plans to launch noise-canceling headphones that also purify the air you breathe (and make you look like a futuristic helicopter pilot if you wear the removable air purifier that goes over your mouth and nose). The headphones, called Dyson Zone, have 11 microphones for noise cancellation and high-efficiency filtration via electrostatic filters that capture pollution in particles as small as 0.1 microns and K-Carbon, enriched carbon filters in potassium which cut acid gases from urban pollution. Air is drawn into the earcups by compressors that push air through the dual-layer filters and send two streams of purified air to the wearer’s nose and mouth using the visor. The device has lithium-ion batteries and USB-C charging and will last 50 hours on audio only and 4 hours with the filter attached. The headphones will go on sale in January for $949


Software quality issues may have held back the US economy to the tune of $2.41 trillion in 2022, according to a Synopsis– CISQ report sponsored. The report also exposes existing vulnerabilities, the complexity of the software supply chain, and the growing impact of technical debt as key drivers for the increase in cyberattacks. The results reflect that starting in 2022, the cost of poor software quality in the United States – which includes cyberattacks due to existing vulnerabilities, complex issues involving the software supply chain, and the growing impact of rapidly accumulating technical debt – has led to an accumulation of historical software deficiencies. “Cybercrime is projected to cost the world $7 trillion in 2022,” said report author Herb Krasner, a retired professor of software engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. “Now is the time to turn our attention to recent developments and emerging solutions to help improve the poor software quality situation as it currently exists and stabilize and reduce the growth rate of CPSQ in the near future.” Anita D’Amico, Synopsis The vice president of the Software Integrity Group, noted that “just because a newly added open source component is secure today doesn’t mean it will be tomorrow. Creating a software bill of materials (SBOM) allows organizations to proactively gather a complete inventory of the components used to build software. This means that when a new vulnerability is identified in an existing component, organizations can quickly identify where it is in their software and take action to address it.

A botnet called Zerobot took advantage of multiple IoT vulnerabilities across multiple architectures to access and download modules, one of which is redistributing itself. Zerobot uses the Go language to access i386, amd64, arm, arm64, mips, mips64, mips64le, mipsle, ppc64, ppc64le, riscv64 and s390x. FortiGuard Laboratories noticed the botnet in mid-November.

A menacing actor named Mustang Panda supported by China accidentally leaked its geopolitical attack manual, showing how to use open conflicts, such as Russia’s war on Ukraine, as camouflage for its own attacks, according to BlackBerry Research and Intelligence Team. It was in a .rar file that the Blackberry team found the proof. “This file aroused our interest due to the current geopolitical situation in Eastern Europe,” the BlackBerry Research and Intelligence Team wrote in a blog post. “A review of its contents revealed a decoy document matching the RAR naming convention, along with additional components that are often considered part of a typical PlugX infection chain. By digging into the associated network infrastructure and pivoting the associated network artifacts, additional files and infrastructure were discovered.

Automotive, mobility

Ansys will acquire a car simulation company DYNAplus. “By partnering with Ansys, we will provide comprehensive software solutions for crash simulation, occupant safety and production processes, including metal forming,” said Uli Goehner, co-founder of DYNAmore. “This acquisition will allow DYNAmore to provide our software solutions, code development and simulation expertise to a wider customer base. As part of Ansys, we will expand our go-to-market strategy beyond the automotive industry in Europe, pursuing broader market opportunities in the global biomedical, production process and packaging industries. .

Lumissil Microsystems used Mixels 28nm ASIL-B compliant MIPI D-PHYSM CSI-2 RX+ IP in an automotive microcontroller that will go into production next year. “With the stringent security requirements that come with automotive microcontroller design, we have placed the highest priority on IP reliability and testability,” said Nadav Katsir, CEO of Lumissil.

telechips integrated Arteris IPs FlexNoC interconnects IP in several automotive SoC products. “Arteris’ proven interconnect IP technology ensures that we meet our design requirements to facilitate future product security and scalability, helping us drive global trends in innovation. And it will help our new business areas, especially ADAS and microcontrollers, to meet the highest level of OEM and Tier 1 requirements,” said Moon Soo Kim, Head of SoC Group and Vice President of Telechips.

NioChinese electric vehicle maker installs 20 battery swapping stations at utility-owned stations EnBW in Germany, for electric vehicles from Nio. Nio installed its first battery submersion station in October in Germany and plans to have 120 exchange stations in Europe by the end of 2023, according to a Reuters report.

Lexus plans to put a manual transmission in its electric supercar, according to Motor Authority.

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch now have regulatory approval to use their fully automated parking valet in a public car park.

American manufacturer of electric pickup trucks and SUVs Rivian will purchase 50 MW of electricity from wind power created at Apex Clean Energy’s proposed Goose Creek Wind Farm, to be built in Piatt County, Illinois. The energy will power 75% of what Rivian needs to run its Normal, Illinois plant, but will also be part of its charging network.

Boeing pulled its last 747 widebody jet off its production line in Everett, Washington.

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—Ann Steffora Mutschler contributed to this report.

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