Imagine rolling down the highway at 70mph when all of a sudden your air conditioning goes full blast, your windshield wipers turn on, and your engine shuts off — without you taking your hands off the steering wheel.
This is a real scenario that happened when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek famously hacked a Jeep Cherokee in 2015 to demonstrate the major lack of security in modern vehicles.While car hacking isn’t common, it’s still a possibility — especially with the increase of connectivity features in modern vehicles. As cars shift to become more computerized and electric, the points of entry for hackers increase. A car can contain 100 or more electronic control units (ECUs), all of which give potential hackers an entry point into the controls of a vehicle.
Luckily, there are a number of security measures consumers can take to ensure their ride stays secure. Check out this animated infographic from Esurance to learn more.