Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after learning of the report by a Wired reporter where two researchers were able to gain operational control of a 2014 Jeep product using a glitch in the wireless software. This was all done while the reporter was driving the vehicle.
Yesterday FCA announced a 1.4 million vehicle recall involving certain cars and trucks equipped with 8.4-inch touch screens from the 2013 model year up. It includes some Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees, Dodge Durangos, Ram pickup trucks, Chrysler 200 and 300 sedans, Dodge Chargers and Vipers.
Fiat Chrysler will send affected owners a USB drive they can plug into their vehicles to install an update to block the hacking vulnerability. Owners can also download the update directly onto their own portable drive.
This is the first every NHTSA recall for hacking related issues. I am sure that many of the other manufacturers of "connected vehicles" are having emergency, high level meetings to make certain they don't have similar issues.
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