Voices: Studebaker

Real cybersecurity may require revisiting how we verify integrity at the sensor

If we don't monitor the health and accuracy of sensor signals, we leave ourselves open to hackers who can spoof the control and security systems.

By Paul Studebaker
Jul 5, 2017

For the past six months, I’ve spent a good chunk of my spare time bringing back to life a 1963 Studebaker Avanti that spent 20 years in a garage in Tulsa, Okla. This machine is not unfamiliar, as it once belonged to my father and I drove it in my youth, but I'd forgotten just how much more mechanical cars were 50 years ago than they are today. Along with vacuum and centrifugal spark timing systems, Bourdon-tube oil pressure and manifold vacuum gauges, thermostatic heat riser and choke systems, etc., the engine has a vacuum-modulated idle speed controller; if it slows too much when the transmission is put in gear or the A/C compressor is engaged (assuming it ever works again), the resulting drop in vacuum releases a “throttle kicker” to correct the idle speed.

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