Car Hacking: What Every Driver Needs to Know – Air Traffic Control for Drones – Show Notes
Car Hacking: What Every Driver Needs to Know – Including a Complete Remote Takeover of a Jeep
Two hackers were able to take control of a connected Jeep Cherokee from their living room as a Wired reporter, who agreed to be their test case, drove the SUV down the highway at 70 mph, according to the article.
“Rushing to roll out the next big thing, automakers have left cars unlocked to hackers and data-trackers,” Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement. “This common-sense legislation protects the public against cyber criminals who exploit exciting advances in technology like self-driving and wireless connected cars.”
To the company’s knowledge “there has not been a single real world incident of an unlawful or unauthorized remote hack,” into any of their vehicles.
Car owners can enter their vehicle identification number on UConnect’s website to find out if they need to download an update.
Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.4 Million Vehicles Amid Hacking Defense
Fiat Chrysler announced a voluntary recall of about 1.4 million cars equipped with certain radios, the company said in a press release Friday. The recall includes Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers.
The recall is related to a security flaw highlighted by hackers earlier this week, in which a Jeep’s computer software was manipulated remotely by researchers.
Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones
Google Inc. has set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial drones expected to someday clog the skies.
The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation — including Amazon.com Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. — in trying to create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions.
More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines and survey crops.