It happened – two hackers were able to connect to a new 2015 Jeep Cherokee and control almost everything – from transmission, brakes, radio, AC and other systems.
This is big deal because, just think about it: You drive on the highway at 120 km/h and suddenly there are no brakes; or the car starts to accelerate by its own!
“When you lose faith that a car will do what you tell it to do, it really changes your whole view of how the thing works.”
Shortly after the hack was disclosed, Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall to almost 1.4 million vehicles. But this is not new. Last week BMW said it started to offer a software patch after hackers were able to unlock some of its cars.
GM is also aware of this type of issue.
“Cyber security is one of the most important things we spend time on these days,” Mark Reuss, General Motors’ product development chief told reporters at an event at the company’s testing ground in Milford, Michigan.
Now a report from Kelley Blue Book is revealing that nearly 80 percent of consumers are expecting that hacking will be a real problem within the next three years or less. Even more than that, most of the people are considering that a permanent fix to the problem will not exist.
“Technology offers a wide range of enhanced convenience for today’s new vehicle buyers, but it also offers the increasing potential for unauthorized access and control,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.
And if is to think how computers evolved this is true. Think about viruses. We’re wondering if someday we would need to install some antivirus – firewall or similar apps into our cars …
The report also reveals that most of the consumers are ready to pay extra for such measures – like a hack-proof vehicle security app – or a type of monthly subscription with $8 being the average respondents would be willing to pay each month.
10 most susceptible to hacking car companies according to KBB’s report:
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
- General Motors
- Ford Motor Company
- Toyota Motor Corporation
- Tesla Motors
- Hyundai Motor Company
- BMW Group
- Honda Motor Company
- Nissan Motor Corporation