Some time back I made a post on cyber security and the need to project our systems of malicious attacks from hackers. I can now report the hackers have found a vulnerability allowing them to take control over, among others, certain car models by Fiat Chrysler:

 

Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler: U.S. regulator | Reuters The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety

 

And it’s not just Fiat Chrysler who have been using these systems – supplied by an third party – which means that other cars are affected as well (apart from the staggering 1.4 million vehicles Fiat has had to recall).

This shows that these are risks the manufacturer’s need to take very very seriously for both economic reasons as well as security reasons. Imagine the day malicious hackers decide to hijackĀ x amount of vehicles and crash them into system critical institutions (parliament, hospitals, banks and schools – or even worse into public gatherings).

Although the technology itself is fantastic: it’ll probably result in fewer accidents (fewer incidents of drink and drive), enable independent transportation for blind people, improve productivity for those who (like myself) would love to work while being transported, the technology like anything comes with a bunch of risks. These need to be seriously addressed before we fully allow them to be driven fully autonomously.

When autonomous vehicles become projectiles