Reuters reported that four Republican members of Congress on Sept. 12th urged U.S. auto safety regulators to convene an industry-wide effort to prevent possible attacks on computer systems in vehicles.
Lawmakers addressed their concerns in a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While there have been no reported cases of vehicle hacking, researchers have shown they could take remote control of vehicle functions such as car horns, brakes and power steering.
The letter cited work published in August by Wired magazine by two researchers who were able to force a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV 2014 Jeep SUV to perform in an “erratic and unsafe manner” after accessing its on-board diagnostics (OBD) port. Automakers have been required to install the port in all vehicles since 1994 to test for emissions compliance.
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