The Most Hackable Cars on the Road

Published: September 5, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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You may have heard older drivers saying cars are computers these days. You see, they came from a time of analogue, a time when mechanics were actually that and not a million pieces being controlled by a computer chip. We are in the digital age and cars today are as much computer as they are cogs, pistons, and other components in the internal combustion engine.

In This digital age we are in almost constant peril from hackers, whether on our mobile devices, computers, or even it seems telephones. The more things we use computers to operate, the more things there will be to hack, including cars. As we want more connectivity and more things to do in our vehicles, there will be compromises to be made as cars will also be at the mercy of being hacked.

When one considers that the modern car currently runs with anywhere between 20 and 70 different computers on board, it is clear to see the danger is very real. So, just what are the most hackable cars on the road at the moment? PT&C has put together a fantastic infographic highlighting the cars that are more likely to be hacked.

Car manufacturers are still being coy on the ability of hackers to access in car systems, but with the likes of Android and Apple’s iOS now coming into cars, there is no doubt that the vehicle is the next target. And what about driver-less cars and the myriad computers and sensors they use to keep themselves on the road?

Simply put, it is an issue that manufacturers cannot ignore, as Jeep found out when it had to recall 1.4 million 2014 Cherokee’s after it was found the model is vulnerable to attack. Some other vehicles that are more susceptible to hacking are the 2014 Infiniti Q50, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the 2014/2010 Toyota Prius, and the 2014 Ford Fusion.

Indeed, the sheer control available to hackers once they take over your vehicle is both frightening and amazing. Under a controlled test security research teams were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee and mess around with numerous things, including climate control, windshield wipers, and even the engine, eventually causing it to stall.

However, not all cars are as open as other to hacking, with PT&C saying the most secure autos currently available include the 2014 Audi A8, the 2014 Dodge Viper, the 2014 Honda Accord, and the Tesla Model S.

You can see PT&C's infographic here.