PRESS RELEASES AND INDUSTRY NEWS FROM CONCORDE AUTO CENTRE
The place to find press releases from Concorde Auto Centre and what's new in the automotive services industry

Car Hackers 'Take Control' Of Toyota Prius

Published: Tuesday 30th of July 2013 | Author: Naidre | Category: Brakes

Programmers claim they have "hacked" into a car's computer system and taken control of some of the vehicle's most important functions.

Charlie Miller, a security engineer at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, who works at security firm IOActive, said they were able to steer a Toyota Prius and switch off its brakes by installing a device under the wheel.

They said the gadget could be placed in the car by anyone with a "brief moment of physical access" and claimed that once key safety features had been reprogrammed, the box could be disconnected, leaving no evidence that the vehicle had been hacked.

"We had full control of braking," Mr Valasek said. "We disengaged the brakes so if you were going slow and tried to press them, they wouldn't work.

"We could turn the headlamps on and off and honk the horn. We had control of many aspects of the automobile."

The research comes at a time when manufacturers are installing increasingly complicated computer systems, offering drivers access to web services. Some companies are also experimenting with self-drive technology pioneered by the likes of Google.

However, a spokesman for Toyota said that it was impossible to gain access to its cars' systems remotely and said the computers it uses are "robust and secure".

He added: "Toyota has developed very strict and effective firewall technology against such remote and wireless services.”

If you need your car brakes looking at by a garage you can trust, then give your local Concorde Auto Centre a call.  We have branches in Leicester, Peterborough and Wisbech with Norwich coming soon.  

About Concorde Auto Centre

With branches in Cambridge,   Coventry,   Leicester,   Milton-keynes,   Northampton,   Norwich,   Oxford,   Peterborough,   Swindon and Wisbech,   Concorde Auto Centre offers a wide range of professional services with highly trained auto technicians always on hand to fit new parts or to offer advice to our loyal customers. Call us today to get the best prices on new car tyres fitted, winter car tyres fittedwheel alignmentcar exhaust systemsair conditioning rechargesreplacement brake pads and discsbooking in your car for its MOTcar servicingcambeltsshock absorbersengine rebuildsvehicle diagnosticsclutchesbatteriestow barsturbo inspection and  car gearboxes


Request a callback from our customer support team

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

"The Alfa is now purring again; that's what 30 minutes or so, fresh oil and a new filter does. Thanks chaps - a professional and stress free experience, nicely priced and well delivered."

AL - 18 Oct 2013

Choose Concorde Auto Centre for replacement Brakes, Pads and Discs with prices from only £30

Book your next service with Concorde Auto Centre from only £60

Concorde Auto Centre fit tyres from leading brands with prices from £25

Book your next MOT with Concorde Auto Centre for just £20


 

Concorde