How Driver Assist Systems Can Result in High Costs for Vehicle Repairs

ISDA Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News Podcast for Thursday, October 25th, 2018


In Vehicle News

From Ars Technica

How driver-assist tech can result in a $5,000 fender-bender

Cars with advanced driver-assistance technology are more expensive to repair than their less-autonomous counterparts, according to a study by AAA. What would have been relatively inexpensive bodywork due to a fender bender may end up costing two and a half times as much to repair, due to the location of cameras along with ultrasonic and radar sensors.

“Advanced safety systems are much more common today, with many coming as standard equipment, even on base models,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “It’s critical that drivers understand what technology their vehicle has, how it performs and how much it could cost to repair should something happen.”

It’s not just the parts, either. A rock hitting your windshield will require the camera used for adaptive cruise control to be recalibrated. And you’ll likely have to pay more for the replacement windshield, as some manufacturers have more stringent standards for optical clarity. What would otherwise be a $500 windshield replacement can end up costing as much as $1,500.

AAA has broken down some of the extra costs for cars with advanced driver-assist technology:

  • Front radar sensors used with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control systems: $900 to $1,300
  • Rear radar sensors used with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems: $850 to $2,050
  • Front camera sensors used with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keeping systems (does not include the cost of a replacement windshield): $850 to $1,900
  • Front, side mirror, or rear camera sensors used with around-view systems: $500 to $1,100
  • Front or rear ultrasonic sensors used with parking assist systems: $500 to $1,300


In Security News

From Huffington Post

How Investigators Will Work To Find Out Who’s Behind The Bomb Scare

Pipe bombs were sent to several prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From Washington to New York to Florida to Los Angeles, the authorities intercepted a wave of crudely built devices that were contained in manila envelopes. In the center of Manhattan, the Time Warner Center was evacuated because of a pipe bomb sent to CNN, which has its New York offices there. It was addressed to John Brennan, a critic of President Trump who served as Obama’s CIA director. Pipe bombs were also intercepted in Florida and Los Angeles. The devices stashed in manila envelopes and mailed nationwide targeted top Democrats two weeks before the midterm elections. The bombs found this week were intended for at least seven officials, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Law enforcement officials have also tracked down another suspicious package sent to former Vice President Joe Biden, and the FBI says additional packages may have been mailed to other locations. None of the bombs detonated and no one was injured.

The packages contained pipe bombs that appear to have been made with relatively rudimentary materials. Authorities have confirmed that a number of them contained explosive powder.

There is no shortage of theories about who might be behind the plot.

Instead of relying on conjecture, investigators will be looking for clear evidence to help them nail down a culprit, said David Chipman, a former ATF agent who worked on the 1993 World Trade Center attack and the Oklahoma City bombing and now serves as senior policy adviser at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

It’s not yet clear if the devices recovered this week will contain that sort of calling card, or whether the investigation will end up supporting claims that this was indeed a deliberate act of political terror against liberal political figures. Whatever authorities uncover, the plot is deeply concerning, said Chipman.


In Terrorism News

From Palm Beach Daily News

Terrorism talk kicks off World Affairs Council season
You have a better chance of being struck by lightning twice than being killed by a terrorist.

That was what Georgia State University professor Mia Bloom informed a crowd of 115 people Tuesday at The Colony at the season-opening event for the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach.

In her discussion, “Small Arms: Children in Terrorism,” Bloom covered a variety of topics, including the indoctrination of women and children, often called “cubs,” into terrorism; how the general population fetishizes terrorism; and and the motivations for recruiting women into terrorist groups.

Her research on the last subject, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, with John Horgan will be published in their book, also called “Small Arms,” due out May 15.

In addition to teaching communication and Middle East studies, Bloom monitors terrorist groups on social media and how they are recruiting people. Using her knowledge of Arabic, she has been able to create anonymous accounts and post on social media, she said. Bloom pointed out that 30 to 40 percent of ISIS messaging is positive, and that many women who end up getting involved are not in prison or involved in gangs.

“Terrorists play on people’s altruistic tendencies,” she said. “People join because they think they’re going to help people.”

Once these women see the real mission and realize this isn’t what they signed up for, they end up getting killed, she said.

According to Bloom, the face of terrorism was male for a long time, but it has changed. Leftist organizations such as the Provisional Irish Republican Army were recruiting women as early as the 1970s, serving mainly as front-line activists. Nowadays, women can play roles in all levels of a terrorist organization, whether they’re logisticians, fundraisers or online recruiters.


In Business of Executive Protection News

From Strategic Marketing Solutions

Cyfe – The All in One Business Dashboard

Cyfe is an all in one dashboard for your business that connects to tens of different data connections.

If you’re like me and you find yourself logging in and out of multiple websites, searching for at data, observing analytics, watching social media, maintaining your invoicing and your accounting software.  You have multiple tabs open trying to find all the data that you need on a daily basis.

Well, I think you’ll be very happy with Cyfe.  Social media, finance, Emails, and even RSS feeds from your favorite reader. All in one place! No more having to have multiple tabs open. Logging in and out of several different websites a day. Cyfe can do it all for you!

You’ll need to create an account, with the free account you get 2 dashboards with five widgets each.

However, with a free account, you won’t be able to access some of the data connections.

After logging in you’ll see a blank area. The first step is to create a dashboard. The second step is to create your widgets for that dashboard.

Cyfe widget categories are:

  • Advertising
  • Blogging
  • Custom
  • Email
  • Monitoring
  • Other
  • Sales & Finance
  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • Support
  • Web Analytics

There are over 80 widgets that you can put data into your dashboards.

For instance, you can connect your favorite Email Management client such as Mailchimp. To set your data connection you will need to connect your Mail Management tool by giving Cyfe permission to access your Mail account. Note: Data connections will open a pop-up window, so be sure to accept pop-ups for Cyfe.

Once connected you can select if you would want a specific mail campaign or list. Selecting list will show a chart with list growth. You can arrange the widget anywhere on your dashboard and have it be any size.

For my testing a connected to AdSense, Mailchimp, Google Trends, Facebook Pages, and Stripe – combining 5 different websites that I would access on a weekly basis. You can position the widgets anywhere on the dashboard as well as minimize and expand the size.

Now the other question you might have is, well this is great for me but how do I share the information and data with my team?

You can export an entire dashboard or just an individual widget. You can export the data in various formats such as PDF or CSV. Another great feature is the ability to create public URLs of read-only dashboards that you can share with anyone. Cyfe also has the ability to schedule emails. This is a great feature when you’re emailing to clients with specific reports.

This is one of those products that is a must for the protection professional.  It is a freemium pricing model.  With a free account you are limited to 5 widgets and one dashboard. The paid option is $19/mo. or $168/yr.


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