Post by Zaidy036 Post by pjp Post by Zaidy036 Post by pjp
I can't help but notice the new car ad stating it's possible to start
and stop your engine using your smart phone from anywhere.
Now who in their right mind thinks this is a good thing?
It is stolen so you can immobilize it. It is also locatable on a map to
tell police where it is.
Offered in GM cars, Buick anyways.
I know what it is and what it does. Just for me I can't imagine ever
buying a car with this feature. Anyone can start or stop my vehicle is
almost surely to happen. I can easily imagine assholes stopping car,
locking doors and windows and watch while someone panics etc.
In fact I don't want any car that can be "upgraded" or for that matter
controlled in any way "over the air".
When I push a button and wait for a self driving vehicle to come into my
driveway I won't care about how it communicates with the outside world
but while it's "mine" I won't allow any 3rd party control over it.
It is interesting to read in these newsgroups about people’s worries but
consider that there are millions of GM cars out there and I have never
heard of one being hijacked in that way. The GM On-Star system works as
advertised and gives me an insurance deduction and help is available at the
push of a button. In fact if I have an accident and do not reply to a voice
message from them they will automatically send help to my location.
Have you ever heard of any car being hijacked remotely? And I am not
talking about the man-in-the-middle key fob lock/unlock problem.
The risk of being hacked is low, but it's real. IMO, the risk will
increase, not decrease, in future.
Here's one hit for "hijacking of onstar". It's about 3 years old, at
that time onstar-equipped cars were still a rather small minority. I
guess GM considered that reduced the risk.
Basic principle: anything connected wirelessly to anything can be
hacked. Only question: Is it worth the effort? Eg, hacking your fridge
is unlikely to be profitable. Hacking an autonomous truck could pay off
more than a bank heist, and be much safer for the perps as well. Your
car falls somewhere in between those extremes.
Have a good day,
PS: Onstar always knows where you are. _That_ would make a hack into
Onstar very prpofitable.
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