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Vehicle-to-vehicle communication may finally be mandatory on new cars
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication may finally be mandatory on new cars

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications promises to be a very big deal. Allowing automobiles to "talk" to one another could dramatically improve traffic flow and slash the number of car crashes by more than half. Working hand-in-hand with self-driving systems, the benefits could be even bigger. Engineers...Read More»

Matthew Broderick & Ally Sheedy in the 1983 hacking classic WAR GAMES
Hackers aren't trying to wreck your car, they just want your cash

With self-driving software and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems racing toward our cars, trucks, and crossovers, many people are worried about hackers. Those concerns are absolutely justified, but perhaps not for the reasons you think. It's human nature to believe that the worst harm anyone...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
No surprise: luxury owners more likely to let autonomous cars do the driving

How excited are you about self-driving cars? According to one new study, your feelings about tomorrow's autonomous vehicles may depend on what you drive today. The study was conducted by research firm MaritzCX, which spent much of the summer asking 12,353 vehicle owners to share their feelings...Read More»

Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]
Latest worry for Volkswagen owners: Wireless hack can unlock millions of Audis, Porsches, VWs

If you're a Volkswagen owner, you've probably spent the last 11 months worrying about Dieselgate. Even folks who don't own diesels have been deeply concerned about the resale value of their VWs because of the black eye the brand has received in the press. Owners of Audi, Porsche, and other marques...Read More»

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Oh, crap: hackers find new ways to override Jeep, Tesla software

Just over a year ago, two good-guy hackers managed to take control of a Jeep Cherokee using Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect telematics system. Within days, FCA recalled 1.4 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles to close the loophole that the hackers had exploited. This week, those same hackers...Read More»

2017 Lexus IS 350
Lexus remotely updates software, crashes navigation systems: Is a cyberattack to blame?

For today's car-owners, over-the-air updates are a great thing--except when they aren't. Some Lexus owners have learned that the hard way, thanks to a software update that's been crashing vehicles' navigation systems. Reports about the problem vary, but several owners complain that it's bricked the...Read More»

Matthew Broderick & Ally Sheedy in the 1983 hacking classic WAR GAMES
FBI & NHTSA say car hacking is real, offer tips to keep you safe

Worried about your car being hacked? The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are, too, and they've published some handy tips to keep you and your ride safe. A changing world Not so long ago, hacking cars was an unfeasible endeavor--or at least...Read More»

Chrysler's DriveUconnect website for Uconnect owners
Feds Say Fiat Chrysler Uconnect Radios Were The Only Ones Vulnerable To Hackers (This Time)

Last summer, two good-guy hackers wrote some very clever code that allowed them to take control of a Jeep Cherokee. After an extensive investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that the vulnerabilities those hackers exploited are found only on Fiat Chrysler...Read More»

Death Star laser beam from Star Wars
Off-The-Shelf Lasers Can Really Mess With Autonomous Cars

We've spent so much time talking about security holes in autonomous cars' telematics systems that we'd nearly forgotten about the myriad other ways to mess with them. As Mashable points out, though, you don't need fancy-pants coding skills from some online university to wreck a self-driving...Read More»

2015 Jeep Renegade
2015 Jeep Renegade Recalled Over Hacking Fears

Back in July, the auto world was riveted to a story about two guys in St. Louis, Missouri who'd hacked into a Jeep Cherokee via its Uconnect software. A few days later, Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, recalled 1.4 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles to prevent others...Read More»

2015 Jeep Cherokee
Report: Jeep Cherokee, Infiniti Q50, Cadillac Escalade Are The Most Hackable Cars In America

For the past couple of months, the auto world has been obsessed with hackers -- and with good reason. Like their drivers, cars now belong to vast online networks. Those networks provide plenty of benefits like navigation tools and infotainment, but they also provide opportunities for hackers to...Read More»

Sandra Bullock, hacking victim, in THE NET
Basically, Every Car Is Now Vulnerable To Hacking

The auto world has been thinking a lot about hacking lately. For years, it wasn't much of a concern, but now that many new cars are connected to telematics networks like Uconnect and OnStar and to cellular networks via dongles attached to their onboard diagnostics ports, our rides are becoming...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Corvette Brakes Hacked By Researchers Using Text Messages

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Chrysler vehicles with Uconnect systems could be hacked remotely. A few days later, we heard that General Motors' OnStar had some vulnerabilities of its own to shore up. And on Monday, we told you that bad guys (or gals) have been tinkering with our...Read More»

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Oh, Great: Hackers Are After Our Gas Stations Now

Auto fans have spent the past couple of weeks thinking about hackers. As our cars become increasingly networked -- not just through telematics systems like Uconnect and OnStar, but also through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications -- the risk of bad guys and gals tinkering with...Read More»

YouGov stats for Jeep and Chrysler, 2013-2015
Shortly After Hacking Scandal, Shoppers Still Love Jeep (Chrysler? Eh, Not So Much)

Two weeks ago, everyone was talking about a Jeep Cherokee that was hacked via its Uconnect telematics system. After the story broke, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hardened its network to minimize the danger to owners, and it recalled 1.4 million vehicles to update their software and foil hackers in the...Read More»

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OnStar Is Vulnerable To Hackers, Too: Here's What You Can Do To Protect Your Car

A couple of weeks ago, two hackers made headlines when they wreaked havoc on a Jeep Grand Cherokee by exploiting a weakness in the vehicle's Uconnect telematics system. (Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, subsequently issued a recall to patch the security hole.) But as we pointed...Read More»

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Breaking: FCA Recalls 1.4 Million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Vehicles Over Hacking Concerns

Earlier this week, we reported on a vulnerability in Chrysler's Uconnect system that allowed two hackers to remotely control a Jeep Cherokee. (They could've chosen any number of vehicles from a wide range of automakers, but determined that the Cherokee was best suited for their demonstration.) To...Read More»

Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]
Jeep Cherokee Hacked, Carjacked In Real-World Test: Are You Next?

It's finally happened: a vehicle has been remotely hijacked by hackers. We've seen attempts at vehicle hacking before -- none of which were especially awe-inspiring or frightening -- but this? Well, as Wired reports, this is a little different. CHECK OUT: The 2015 Ford F-150 & The $10,000...Read More»

Anti-Scientology Protest, February 10, 2008 (by Flickr user Strevo)
Should You Worry About Your Car Being Hacked? Yes & No

Yesterday, the internet was ablaze with talk of hackers. Why? Because Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) released a report on potential security loopholes in our cars' onboard computers, based on data provided by 16 automakers. Should you worry about your own car being hacked? Yes and no. ALSO SEE: Six...Read More»

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