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Friday, 24 July 2015

US: FCA recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

Automotive News reports that Fiat Chrysler has recalled 1.4 million cars in the US (and the report does not exclude the possibility of it extending to other territories) to have anti-hacking software installed. It comes shortly after reports of a Jeep vehicle having been "hacked" (from Wired, here). The prospect has clearly got FCA worried, and no doubt other manufacturers are no less uneasy. The Wired article demonstrates the possible extent of the problem, and now that car hacking is a recognised issue the manufacturers are going to have to work as hard as the software industry to keep on top of it. The most recent posting on this blog reposts an article from Automotive News that reports a legislative response to the problem, placing responsibility squarely on the vehicle manufacturers.

Many times I have looked at computer contracts with slight amusement where they obediently (as required by the Unfair Contract Terms Act) exclude from any limitations on liability defects attributable to their negligence that cause death or personal injury. Nowadays, software is perfectly capable of producing those results.

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