Items tagged with Nissan Leaf

If you've been skeptical of buying a connected car for fear that its technologies could be used against you, it won't help to learn that Nissan has suspended downloads of a companion app for its Leaf electric vehicle for that very reason. At issue is the woeful lack of security, and in particular the lack of authentication. Here's the deal—the accompanying NissanConnect app, which Leaf owners can install on their smartphones and connect to their car, only looks for the car's VIN. Security researchers Troy Hunt and Scott Helme brought the attention to light yesterday when they published their findings... Read more...
If you own a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, you might want to take note of research conducted by Troy Hunt. More specifically, Hunt and fellow researcher Scott Helme were able to demonstrate that certain vehicle functions can be turned on and off remotely thanks to open and unauthenticated APIs that Nissan is using for its NissanConnect services. And this isn’t just some minor fault on the part of Nissan; it represents a spectacular failure of Nissan’s security protocols (or lack thereof) used in the NissanConnect EV app to connect with Leaf EVs via the Internet. “This API thing is just nuts. It's... Read more...
California owners of Priuses and other hybrids are about to get a rude awakening: as of July 1, 2011, they will no longer be eligible for the HOV lane with their yellow stickers. Those who want to get into that lane again are stuck looking for white sticker vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, but that all-electric vehicle is severely limited in range (Nissan claims 100 miles, but search for "range anxiety" and you'll see real-life is not the same). [Green stickers will begin being issued for plug-in hybrids in January 2012.] For those who want an EV, not a CNG vehicle, the question is: what to... Read more...
One of the concerns of owning a full electric vehicle (not a plug-in hybrid like the Volt) is finding a charging station when necessary. Released to the App Store on Monday, March 7, there's an app for that. It's called PlugShare. Available free in the App Store, it was developed by Xatori. Xatori co-founder and chief executive Forrest North previously worked as an engineer at EV maker Tesla Motors, and also founded and was CEO of Mission Motors. The app is coming soon to the Android Market, the company said. The PlugShare network, aside from relying on public charging stations, allows those with... Read more...