Every year technology becomes more of a force in the automotive space, and 2015 was a particularly prolific period. But as the three most significant developments of the past 12 months show, not all the changes were positive and some were downright disruptive. This trio of developments not only helped shape the past year in car tech, but will likely have ramifications into 2016 and beyond. 1. The Car Hack Heard Around the Worldtaking control of a car while in the backseat with a journalist at the wheel, returned with a wild and willful second act. The same journalist drove Miller’s 2014 Jeep Cherokee on a St. Louis highway while the two hackers remotely played harmless tricks like cranking the stereo. But then the researches upped the ante and performed more dangerous intrusions such as disabling the transmission while a big rig bore down on the vehicle. The stunt prompted Fiat Chrysler to recall millions of its vehicles, and was followed by the introduction of a bill in the U.S. Senate designed to protect car buyers via a rating system based on a vehicle’s vulnerability to hacking, though it has not seen any action. Several other high-profile hacks occurred within weeks, and the… Read full this story
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