NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for August 18, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Motorists win in Vista Del Mar–
–Autoimmune car hack discovered–
–Jacksonville, FL Sheriff scuttles RLCs–
–FL HP Ticket Quota Saga continues–
–Solar Eclipse is here—be careful out there–

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

Road Diet Opposition Won’t Relent in Los Angeles’ Vista Del Mar area
A week after a group of residents made good on their threat to sue the city over traffic lane reductions in Playa del Rey, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa officially called for restoring Culver and Jefferson boulevards to their former traffic patterns. On Tuesday the neighborhood council voted 15-2 to ask L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin in writing that the lanes be restored — the rebuke coming despite Bonin’s intention to form a task force of residents, business owners and other stakeholders to hold public hearings on the lane closures. The letter’s final draft excluded changes to Pershing Drive after several residents spoke in support of traffic-calming measures on that street, citing safety improvements and less congestion than when the lane reductions fist took effect in May.

A Deep Flaw in Cars’ Guts Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features
Since two security researchers showed they could hijack a moving Jeep on a highway three years ago, both automakers and the cybersecurity industry have accepted that connected cars are as vulnerable to hacking as anything else linked to the internet. But one new car-hacking trick illustrates that while awareness helps, protection can be extremely complex. They’ve uncovered a vulnerability in vehicular internal networks that’s not only near-universal, but also can be exploited while bypassing the auto industry’s first attempts at anti-hacking mechanisms.

Here’s how to avoid wrecking your car during the eclipse
All of which is to say: don’t stare at the eclipse while driving. Honestly, don’t look at the eclipse at all without the proper eyewear, but especially not while driving. It sounds obvious, but it bears repeating: don’t look at the eclipse while driving.

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The NMA Driving News Roundup is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week. If you have a story for Driving News, send the url via email to nma@motorists.org. Every other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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