If you want to read something scary, then this article is for you.
Very scary stuff hidden in technical language. Basically, researchers have found a way to use bluetooth phone connections within your car to take control of many essential functions. Brakes, acceleration, gas consumption, windshield wipers, lights, cruise control, and more are all hackable. And they can pick up cars, identiify them by their vin, look up model specific information even while driving along on the interstate. Now they cannot send a response back to the car unless it is moving under 6 miles an hour. But that’s a technical problem that can and will be solved in the near future. The problem is so bad that all 2013-2015 FIAT/JEEP cars for certain models have a fimware patch released last week for download. Those car owners need to put code patches into their cars before driving it anywhere.
A little subtler but also scary is the mention of data collection. Imagine what the car manufactur’s and insurance companies might want for data–how fast you are traveling, the speed of accelleration, did you use the signals while moving into another lane, how much weight was sitting in each seat, and more. Did you belt in those text books on the front seat or are you guilty of violating the seat belt laws?
And what can we do about it? I am not sure. But fixing up old cars is beginning to sound like a good hobby.