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Google Street View used to scan for vehicles by make, model and year

"The researchers started with a deep learning AI algorithm designed to be good with visual inputs, and trained it to recognize not just the difference between cars and trucks, but to break them down by make, model and year. That might sound complicated, but it’s just scraping the surface of the project. Once the AI tool—also known as a convolutional neural network, or CNN (yes, really)—was ready, the team had it analyze 50…

Relay device captured by West Midlands Police

Car theft ‘relay’ devices seized in Birmingham

Police have seized car theft "relay" devices in what they believe is a first for a UK force. It comes after CCTV footage issued last month showed thieves in Solihull using a device - that tricks a car into thinking the key is present - to steal a Mercedes in less than a minute. West Midlands Police said equipment, not thought to be used in the theft, was recovered from a car.   To read more: BBC new…

I-TEAM: Careful where you charge your smartphone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It has become a habit in the age of smartphones: charge where and when you can, including vehicles. But you need to be careful where you decide to plug in your charging cord.  Information lives in cars in ways you may not expect. Most of us routinely give up that information when we sync or plug in our smartphones in a rental car or ride-sharing services like Uber. To read…

Met Police launch Operation Endeavour to combat keyless vehicle theft

Car theft across south east London and north Kent is rapidly rising due to organised criminals targeting keyless vehicles. Last year saw an eight per cent rise in vehicle theft across London, with more than 6,000 cars and vans stolen without the owners' keys. 192 keyless cars were stolen in Greenwich, which was the highest amount in south London. The majority of the thefts appear to be the result of criminals using…

Luxury vehicles stolen from Winnipeg dealerships by sophisticated fraudsters

Winnipeg police say they're facing a new trend in vehicle theft, in which criminals use a sophisticated scheme involving forged documents to fraudulently buy the cars from auto dealerships. Many are then shipped overseas and resold. Police on Thursday announced the results of a more than year-long investigation into such thefts, which resulted in several arrests, including one this past weekend. Police first learned of…

Relay car theft - UK drivers at risk from having car hacked

According to figures from TRACKER, 96 per cent of motorists it surveyed are at risk of having their car stolen by criminals using a relay car attack.  In 2016, 66 per cent of TRACKER’s stolen vehicle recovery customer thefts were committed by way of a 'relay attack’, confirming how prevalent this crime is becoming in the UK.  Relay car hacks is when criminals use a pair of radio transmitters to intercept the…

LISTEN: Remote jamming detector combats crime in Brooklyn, South Africa

A vehicle remote jamming is putting the police on top in the fight against vehicle theft at the Brooklyn mall. Fidelity ADT installed the detector in an attempt to reduce thefts out of motor vehicles in the area. ADT community development manager, Gerrit Rheeder said the devices alerted the public to possible jamming activity so that motorists could be sure their vehicles had been successfully locked before walking away. The detector beeped…