Do you know that hackers are able to control vehicles through the latest online systems equipped with cyber technology? This is very concerning for many people. Recently viewed a video from Wire.com that demonstrated how hackers can literally take control of a vehicle from a distant location through a computer. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee in this particular scenario had no control and he was nearly run off the road. Fortunately, some hackers do care and are willing to assist auto makers by revealing the tricks of their dangerous trade.
You may ask: what is being done by major auto makers to resolve this very serious issue? Can it be completely resolved? With such major safety implications Chrysler has issued a patch to secure their vehicles. Fortune.com reported this month: That the AAM, “An alliance of twelve automakers including Ford and General Motors said it will create a center for sharing information and analysis to help make cars more secure.” The new ISAC hub will make it efficient for major automakers to transmit and share new security threats specifically targeting vehicle cyber systems as they come into the new hub.
Fortunately, the major auto makers are on top of the threats and doing everything that they can to make the online systems in vehicles more secure. Only time will tell if the security breaches hamper new vehicle sales. One of our Twitter followers tweeted: “Note to self, do not buy a new vehicle with online technology.”
We understand the concerns and will keep you updated as automakers, technology firms and other related auto industry teams work together to make us all feel more secure as we travel with our online world at our fingertips.