"What has been revealed as a result of some research
at universities is that it's relatively easy to hack your way into the
control system of a car, and to do such things as cause
acceleration when the driver doesn't want acceleration, to throw on
the brakes when the driver doesn't want the brakes on, to launch an
air bag," Clarke told The Huffington Post. "You can do some really
highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it's not
that hard." See
Jared Diamond wrote about the collapse of earlier
civilizations to great acclaim and brisk sales, in a nimbus of
unimpeachable respectability. The stories he told about bygone
cultures gone to seed were, above all, dramatic. No reviewers or
other intellectual auditors dissed him for suggesting that empires
inevitably run aground on the shoals of resource depletion,
population overshoot, changes in the weather, and the diminishing
returns of complexity. Yet these are exactly the same problems that
industrial-technocratic societies face today, and those of us who
venture to discuss them are consigned to a tin-foil-hat brigade,
along with the UFO abductees and Bigfoot trackers. This is
unfortunate but completely predictable, since the sunk costs in all
the stuff of daily life (freeways, malls, tract houses) are so
grotesquely huge that letting go of them is strictly unthinkable.
We're stuck with a very elaborate setup that has no future; but we
refuse to consider the consequences. So messengers are generally
unwelcome. (attributed to James Howard
consumers have no idea how much fueling their cars actually costs them.
The majority of people paying just over $1 for a gallon of gasoline at
the pump has no idea that through increased taxes, excessive insurance
premiums, and inflated prices in other retail sectors that that same
gallon of fuel is actually costing them between $5.60 and $15.14. When
the price of gasoline is so drastically underestimated in the minds of
drivers, it becomes difficult if not impossible to convince them to
change their driving habits, accept alternative fuel vehicles, support
mass transit, or consider progressive residential and urban development
American-style suburbia...the greatest misallocation
of resources in the history of the world.
James Howard Kunstler
In the video below, Dr. Kathleen Fisher, a DARPA program
manager, talks about the ability to hack into car computer systems.
She explains how it is possible to remotely control modern cars
through Bluetooth and smart phone technology.