Car 'Black Box' Driving Freedom Global Campaign

An innovative device that safeguards access to in-vehicle electronics networks.
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Tom Kowalick
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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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At Last, a Firewall for Your Car's Black Box!  - the AUTOcyb LOCK

"You may not know it, but your car has the automotive equivalent of an airplane's "black box."  It's called an Event Data Recorder, or EDR, and anyone with a handheld scanner and access to the port under your steering wheel column can download a wealth of information about your vehicle." - WIRED.


"One of the Keys to the Future" -

"A 2011 report found that our new high-tech cars are vulnerable to hackers and a 2012 Harris interactive survey found that 62 percent of drivers are worried about data privacy." - Popular Mechanics.



"Currently, there's nothing to stop anyone with malicious intent and some computer-programming skills from taking command of your vehicle." - Car and Driver.


"Proliferating and increasingly inter-connected electronic systems are creating opportunities to improve vehicle and highway safety and relaiability as well as demans for addressing new system safety and cybersecurity risks." - National Research Council of the National Academies.

"Your New Car is Spying on You.  So What Does It Do With All Your Personal Information?" - Jan/Feb 2014 AAA World Magazine Cover.

"The connected car is the next digital privacy frontier.  To protect motorists, AAA's position on this is simple.  All data produced by a vehicle belongs to the owner of the vehicle.  Only the owner of the vehicle can allow access to the information." 



Automakers say vehicle cyber security 'top priority' - Detroit News



YOU REALLY NEED THIS $30.00 PRODUCT

Your vehicle's cyber security is important.  From the standpoint of consumer protection most consumers are unaware that their vehicles are recording data that not only may be used to aid vehicle and highway safety analysis, but also has the potential of being used against them in civil and criminal legal proceedings, or by their insurer to determine rates.

Increasingly, data from vehicle black boxes have been used in court cases nationwide, including ones with vehicular homicide in which speed was an issue.

If you own or drive a post-1996 car or light truck, then you need the AUTOcyb™LOCK / CRASH-GUARD ® - the world's first and only automotive cyber security lock.

The AUTOcyb™LOCK  addresses the consumer protection challenge of automotive electronics in connected cars - as simple as possible - by providing a means to control access and prevent misuse of the data. 

Vehicles include a small interface connector port, under your steering column, that's commonly used to access electronic data.  Right now, anyone with a handheld scanner and access to the port can download a wealth of information about your vehicle without your knowledge or permission. 

This greater good project aims to put the key to this data back in your hands where it belongs, thus enhancing YOUR driving freedom.

"A U.S. senator has asked 20 of the world's biggest automakers for information on how they secure their vehicles from cyber attacks, in light of reports by security experts who say they have identified ways to hack into cars." -

WHO WE ARE 

AIRMIKA, Inc., is an auto/tech re-start-up (with 15 yrs experience) located at Southern Pines, in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, USA.  Our product was recently chosen as a 2013 Technovation Selectee at the Consumer’s Electronics CEweek in NYC and it's been featured in the NY Times, WIRED and on FOX News.

                                   

We were a finalist at the LA Auto Show FASTPITCH!  November 19th, 2013!  Then we opened our global launch exhibit from November 20-21 at the Connected Car Expo, LA Auto Show.

"When you purchase a vehicle, you own more than just the vehicle, you own the information that your vehicle generates and stores." - LA Auto Show.

 

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I'm Tom Kowalick

           

  President of AIRMIKA, Inc., and also a global expert of automotive black box technologies.  For the past 15 years, I helped to develop and globally standardize black box technologies and I advocate for privacy protections and fair usage of the data. See the NEWS and RESEARCH section in the GALLERY.  There are also several videos including HOW TO INSTALL.

My goal is to provide vehicle owners and motorists what's missing -- common sense, essential consumer protection.  Now, I'm in business with an innovative consumer-centric product. I'm offering donors this product as a perk.   My long term goal is to manufacture and market more.

"For most of the 100-year history of the car, it used to be "he said, she said."  Mr. Kowalick said. "That's no longer going to be the way." - NY Times

"For Kowalick, the issue remains a central mission in his life, perhaps second only to skydiving."  LA Times

"Hopefully, Congress will include the findings and recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences study, specifically the security needs for automotive systems to prevent unauthorized access," says Thomas M. Kowalick, who heads the IEEE's EDR standards efforts. - IEEE Spectrum

"One reason we need access control is that a variety of electronic tools are manufactured and marketed to re-engineer vehicle networks, reset odometers and tamper or erase electronic data via the vehicle's diagnostic port which is generally unsecure and prone to misuse of the original safety and emissions diagnostic related purpose."  - Congress Blog

"We asked one of the leading experts on EDR technology, Thomas M. Kowalick, for his perspectives on the issue." -  Driving Freedoms Magazine

"EDITORIAL: 'Black Boxes' are in 96 percent of new cars, Januray 6, 2013" - USA Today

"The key to securing EDR data from misuse or abuse according to the IEEE-1616a standard is to seal the physical port to the EDR device with a lock with the key held by the automobile owner. - EPIC.org

 

Photo Credit: FOX NEWS

BACKGROUND 

The U.S. is proposing mandating automotive black boxes, commonly termed ‘event data recorders’ (EDRs) in cars and light trucks by September 2014, that you cannot turn-off, disable, or remove. 

The information collected may include a vehicle's speed and acceleration, whether air bags were deployed, if brakes were applied, and whether seat belts were engaged. 

Even if they do not proceed with a federal regulation, the USA Today recently
reported that more than 130 million vehicles are now equipped with EDRs and 96%
of all new vehicles would come standard with an EDR. 

Overall, privacy and consumer protection is woefully lacking and we’re doing something about this right now, not waiting for Congress, Federal regulators or State
legislators  to act (if at all). 

When you purchase a vehicle you own more than just the vehicle – you own the electronic data the vehicle creates and stores. No amount of legal sophistry will undermine this right if it is properly executed.  We provide a means for vehicle owner’s to rightfully do so.

OUR SOLUTION: SAFETY AND SECURITY

The vehicle owner can control access to this data, to prevent tampering and misuse with a simple, inexpensive  product, the AUTOcyb™LOCK / CRASH-GUARD ® – the world’s first automotive cyber security lock, a vehicle connector lockout to safeguard access to in-vehicle electronics networks. 

The AUTOcyb™LOCK / CRASH-GUARD ® is U.S. patented, with other patents and registered marks pending, and it is globally standardized by the world's largest professional organization, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
as IEEE-1616a. 

This device helps to protect you against unlawful search and seizure and furthermore it demonstrates that the vehicle owner is actively exerting Fourth Amendment expectation of privacy.

 It also helps to prevent vehicle theft by blocking the port that thieves use to change the vehicle identification number (VIN).

"Hack the diagnostics connector, steal yourself a BMW in 3 minutes" - Extreme Tech

 

Our product is designed for post-1996 light vehicles (cars and light trucks) that contain a Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC) which is accessible and in good working condition. The DLC plug is specified under SAE J-1962-2002 and through the International Standards Organization (ISO) as ISO 15031-3:2004.

The DLC is increasingly used as an access point to in-vehicle electronics systems, subsystems, computers, sensors, actuators and an array of control modules including the air bag module.

 

                                     EASY TO INSTALL AND REMOVE!

It attaches to the vehicle’s DLC, normally located under the dash, and can be removed for vehicle maintenance, inspection, or emissions testing. This connector lockout gives the reassurance of knowing that you have control of crash data access. The black box / EDR will still work exactly as it is designed to.

"It's your stuff, you determine when and who sees the data (within State law) and thus, control how it is used."

The AUTOcyb™LOCK / CRASH-GUARD ® is simple to install and remove and protects the security, integrity and authenticity of the data.  You hold the key, not automakers, law enforcement or insurance companies. If others want to access your crash data they will have to seek your permission or use legal process to do so.  Basically, this device protects your interests.

WHAT WE NEED FOR OUR COMPANY AND WHAT YOU GET FOR DONATING

"We offer you a product that's ready to ship, and we want to make more."

I have tooling to manufacture 800,000 units but need funding for materials. 3000 units are ready to ship. All we need is your pledge and address.

I will ship USPS First Class in the USA and USPS International First Class Package globally. The initial 3000 donors to this project will receive one (1) AUTOcyb™ LOCK / CRASH-GUARD ® - Automotive Cyber Security Lock as soon as soon as this campaign ends. 

Product perks in the USA are based on 1 each-$33, 2 each-$66, 3 each-$99 donations. Product perks shipped internationally vary based on location.

If the project exceeds the campaign's in-stock inventory then I will send donors a product coupon good for the next manufactured units.  I'll send this product perk coupon via digital delivery to the donors Indiegogo account email upon completion of the campaign.  

For those who just want to support this project I offer a postcard thank you perk for $10 or a $500 Angel Donor Perk.

Thanks for you interest and support.  Please share this opportunity with your friends.

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