Derive Systems Joins the Capture The Flag (CTF) Challenges at DEF CON 25 Car Hacking Village and Sponsors Grand Prize Truck
This year at DEF CON’s Car Hacking Village, Derive supplied the hardware and software for the 3rd annual Capture The Flag Challenge Series. 161 teams registered to compete over the course of three days to hack a variety of automotive technology challenges ranging from data compression and communication, to infotainment upgrades. In the end, the four-person team from NIO took the grand prize with 6700 points, edging out SecDSM by a slim 100 point margin. The winners took home a custom modified, Derive-tuned 2017 Ford F-150, co-provided by Derive Systems and AutoNation.
We’re already personalizing our homes and work spaces with smarter technology; drivers should expect the same from their vehicles. Vehicle optimization is a tangible possibility for the 300 million vehicles already on the road in America today. Using write-access, owners can take the standard technology they buy with their vehicle, and endlessly personalize it with software upgrades tailored to meet drivers’ needs. As write-access advances, there is unlimited potential to bring other technologies such as social networks and infotainment to our vehicles’ computers. It’s only a matter of time (and awareness) before people begin to view their cars as part of their digital lives that they can optimize and personalize easily, rather than being limited to “one-size-fits-all.”