Hacking into Vehicles – Are you Safe?

Did you catch this story? These guys remotely hacked a Jeep – here’s how to prevent it from happening to you.

When two hackers found a weakness with the vehicle’s Uconnect system, they were able to control a moving car many miles away. But these two didn’t have malicious intent – they shared their findings with Chrysler so they could fix the problem and prevent it from happening again.

This story is not meant to scare drivers, but it probably had that effect. As new vehicles incorporate new technologies, new problems can arise.

Think about the connectedness of our world today – it seems that nearly everyone has a cell phone or a smart phone that can connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to almost any other device, from speakers to televisions to navigation systems to vehicles.

Is there a point when this connection becomes dangerous? I’m not here to start debates about privacy or interpersonal interactions, but this story is a perfect example of the hazards of becoming too connected. When your safety is at risk, the convenience of connection isn’t worth it.

But like it does for everything else, time brings changes for the auto industry. This technology isn’t going away, and as more manufacturers bring new developments to their cars, these problems will be revealed and be solved.

For now, do your due diligence before you buy a car. If you have any questions about a car you’re considering purchasing, come to our shop in Hayes, VA, or call our team at (804) 642-2440. We’re here to answer all your questions, keep you safe, and help you make the best decisions for your family and your vehicle.