Even though all of the people involved knew what was going on, I must say that things like this are a bit scary. Our cars have a lot of interconnecting systems in them, so a vulnerability in one that can be accessed from the outside can really screw with your vehicle…
The Jeep’s strange behavior wasn’t entirely unexpected. I’d come to St. Louis to be Miller and Valasek’s digital crash-test dummy, a willing subject on whom they could test the car-hacking research they’d been doing over the past year.
In the end, everything is going to get even more interconnected, I’ve been hearing talk about self-driving cars being tested in Michigan, those cars have more input devices that could be screwed with to make some very dangerous events happen. I do get the feeling that the self driving cars will take over in the future though, the benefits of getting large numbers of people ‘off the road’ as it were will probably outweigh any costs that hacked cars might make.
I will reccomend that you watch the video at the start of the article, it is interesting seeing what can be done with a standard SUV (With some extra bells and whistles that is)