FCA North America issued an important recall affecting almost 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. for a reason we haven’t seen before in the auto industry, but may start seeing more often—car hacking.
A video published on-line of a Jeep Cherokee being controlled from a distance has triggered concerns. To counter the problem, engineers released a software update for increased security.
Internet access has become more and more available in vehicles with advanced infotainment systems. This recall underlines the fact that hackers could already be working on ways to “pirate” vehicles—just as they’ve already done with personal computers—and control them from a distance. It seems like it will only be a matter of time.
The two researches on the video demonstrated that it’s possible to control the windshield wipers and radio from a distance, without any driver intervention. This is all happening as connected cars are becoming more and more common, with forecasts showing that more than 150 million cars connected to the internet will be on U.S. roads over the next five years.
Models affected by the recall are as follows: 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee; 2013-15 SRT/Dodge Viper; 2013-15 Ram 1500; 2014-15 Dodge Durango; 2015 Dodge Challenger; 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300. For the moment, it’s just cars sold in the U.S. that have been affected.