One of the many topics discussed in regards to connected cars is safety. The more we rely on technology in our vehicles and feed our desire to have a constant internet connection, the easier it could be for a potential hacker to virtually plug-in to our car’s computer systems.
A new report from 60 Minutes on DARPA and the ‘Internet of Things’ (internet-connected home appliances, cars, roads etc.) attempted to show just how easy it could be for a hacker to access a car’s control system through OnStar. Using a set of malicious code, DARPA was able to control a ninth-generation Imapala’s windshield wipers, brake, throttle, horn and more, all wirelessly from a laptop.
As Jalopnik points out, 60 Minutes has a shoddy history when it comes to automotive reporting, but the fact that hackers can gain access to your car isn’t anything groundbreaking. Experts have warned us about this kind of thing before, but the likelihood of it happening to you is definitely up for debate.
Watch as 60 Minutes demonstrates what a potential car-hacker could do if they tapped into to your GM vehicle through OnStar in the video below.