Watch DARPA Hackers Take Control Of A Toyota PriusSubmitted by Chris Nomdujourski on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 15:47
Andy Greenberg is a writer for Forbes. He has agreed to drive a Toyota Prius that serves as the test subject for DARPA engineers doing research on car hacking. He has no idea what he’s in for.
To prove just how much modern cars are controlled by their computer systems, the engineers proceed to screw with Greenberg’s speedometer, gas gauge, brakes, transmission, horn and steering wheel — all while he’s driving, and all from a laptop connected to the car.
The details are in Greenberg’s latest Forbes story, where he plays guinea pig for Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two engineers doing consulting work for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They’re doing research into the potential threat of car hacking, and they will present their findings at the Las Vegas hacker convention next month.