April 6, 2010

Toyota brake problems caused by hacker?

CARS - Imagine if someone could hack into your car and turn your brakes on or off just by using a laptop remotely.

Well it could happen and its possible Toyota has been a victim of computer hackers from rival companies. Toyota has been pretty mum on the precise cause of the brake failure on certain new car models.

The glitch didn't show up during any testing. There is no mechanical reason for the brakes to not be working...

Which leaves the car's internal computer at fault. With new cars when people step on the brakes it sends a message to the computer which then juggles commands for all the stability and handling programs and then determines how much braking power to apply to individual brakes as people go around corners... or stop entirely if someone's car is coming to a full stop.

However if someone's been messing with the car's computerized braking system remotely your car could become a deathtrap.

Toyota of course would never want to admit they've been the victim of corporate spies and hackers. Especially when they are still working to determine exactly what or who was messing with their brakes.

Food for thought.

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