Connected cars have already raised a lot of concerns when it comes to cyber security. Remember back in 2015 when those guys from Twitter and IOActive hacked a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and took control of its onboard systems? In fairness, FCA issued a recall shortly thereafter, but that’s not the point. Later on, in 2016, it was found that most Volkswagen’s built after 1995 could be remotely hacked to allow a hacker to unlock the doors and gain physical entry.
And, let’s not forget about those two guys that got arrested for hacking and stealing 30 Jeeps using nothing more than a laptop and some stolen software. Brand new VW’s now have their own unique keys and entry codes, and FCA has issued a fix for their problems, so why is this relevant? Because hacking isn’t just limited to cars. Think about this – it’s Sunday, you’re in the car wash, and getting ready to emerge from the exit with a freshly cleaned ride. All of the sudden: BAM – the doors shut, and one of the robotic arms starts hitting your car repeatedly, breaking the windows, damaging the body, and getting you wet at the same time.