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EMU At The North American International Auto Show

As part of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, dozens of universities are showcasing special projects.  Among them is Eastern Michigan University.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the show during the press preview days and has the story.

Using a small remote controlled car, students demonsrate to EMU President James Smith how an actual vehicle could be hacked.  Through the university's cybersecurity program, students are learning how to prevent such actions as more connected and autonomous vehicles are created.  President Smith says their booth at the auto show provides good exposure.

"We want to continue our connection with the auto industry, not just the big three who are here.  But if you've been up to the floor, you know there is everthing here.  And we want people to know that we're doing work particularly in vehicle safety with information assurance," said President Smith.

The Univeristy of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College also have booths at the auto show.  The North American International Auto Show will be open to the public from January 19th - 26th. 

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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