Recently, two hackers where able to hack into a Jeep Cherokee’s Uconnect system. They were able to control the radio, change the temperature, and unlock the vehicle. You might be thinking, fine those are just little annoyances of a practical joke. The hackers, however, went on to control the steering wheel, brakes and throttle of the vehicle.
The hackers weren’t punished for their actions. Instead, they eventually helped the Uconnect team develop a security patch, though millions of people had to bring their vehicles back to the dealership to update their software.
Theoretically this same scenario could happen to GM vehicles through their new 4G connection. That’s why they’re asking people to report any security flaws they find on their connected vehicles. Similar to the Uconnect group, they are going to welcome hackers who report flaws with open arms, and likely ask them to help fix them. The program is yet to launch, and there hasn’t been a timetable set for it. But it’s in the final stages of being set up according to the Washington Post.
This is not a new thing. We’ve seen this strategy work in the past, and we applaud GM for the strategy they’re implementing.