When we found out that 1.4 million Fiat-Chrysler cars could be hijacked over the Internet, it took Chrysler days to put together a fix. They had to issue a recall and mail out USB drives with the patch. It was a nightmare. It turns out there's a bug in Tesla Model S cars, too.
But unlike the hacks on Fiat-Chrysler vehicles, Tesla had a plan in place to address issues like this.
It seems like a no-brainer that regularly released software updates would be sent to super computers, right? Well that's what most cars are these days, super computers on wheels. These internal vehicle computers control everything you could think of when it comes to driving.
From acceleration to the radio, and everything in between, the computer controls the car. Which means once hackers find a flaw, they won't stop until they're in complete control of your vehicle. Scary, isn't it?
That's exactly what happened to Tesla's Model S cars. Two researchers paid to find flaws discovered a major one in Tesla's that allows hackers to gain access to the main computer of the car and control just about anything.
Tesla was ready, though. The company has a regular system update policy that sends security patches and new software to its vehicles the same way updates get pushed to cellphones.
"This is something that seemed completely natural, in the DNA of how you build a connected product," JB Straubel, Tesla co-founder and chief technology officer, told NPR. "This is not a new concept in any way, shape or form."
So if you own a Tesla, fret no longer. A patch for this frightening breach has already been sent out and you will be protected from a vicious hackers trying to take over your car.