Another week has ridden, flown, and sailed by as summer prepares to say goodbye. Yep, we're getting closer to the best holiday of the year, Halloween.
But we always find time to bring you the most interesting mobility news we can find. This week we took a look at the disaster of EV charging security, what Virgin Hyperloop's latest video really means (hint: not much), innovation in wheelchair design, and wireless charging taxis.
I have so much to share with you this week: all news and no filler.
So let's step aboard.
EV charging security is a shit show
As carmakers transition the bulk of their fleets to electric vehicles, EV charging stations are rolling out across home garages and public streets. But research has found security vulnerabilities that could put user vehicles, their data, and the electricity grid's safety at risk.
White hat hackers from Pen Test Partners dug right in and found security risks in five of six home electric vehicle charging brands and public EV charging networks.
The researchers found a range of vulnerabilities that hackers could potentially exploit. Hackers could, in some instances, overtake accounts and turn remote control charging on and off.
With one charger they could use the charge point as a remote 'back door' into the user's home network.
In the case of the public EV charger, there was potential to access another user's account for a free charge. Fortunately, all companies concerned have tightened up their security efforts. However, this raises bigger issues about the fact there is no global EV security standard.
A quick take:
Safe and secure EV chargers are essential to EV adoption. Unless security is a top priority, users are left at risk, and there's the potential to destabilize the electricity grid.
Next-gen wheelchairs are modular and shapeshifting
When you think of innovation in mobility, you probably think about autonomous vehicles, ebikes, or planes. But wheelchairs bring valuable independence to a mammoth number of folks with disabilities every day.
However, wheelchairs are expensive, which means owners are usually limited to a single chair. Despite being made from rugged materials, airlines excel in incompetency, frequently damaging them in cargo.
But wheelchairs are evolving with the latest designers taking inspiration from bikes and robotics. They're even getting incorporated into micromobility hires, creating greater flexibility for their users.
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Anyone who's squeezed themselves into a train during peak hour sans aircon, dodging the busker with an accordion, and the couple carrying a couch, knows that missing the daily commute was the best thing about the lockdown. Besides the option to work in bed.
It's no surprise that research finds a direct correlation between employees' commute time and their enjoyment of working from home.
No longer commuting means less time trying to find a car park or wearing a mask in the sweat of the subway. You have more time to spend drinking coffee while putting on your socks at a far slower pace than ever before.