14 year old boy showed how to hack into connected cars and shocked the automobile industry.Armed with only $15 of simple electronics gear he bought from RadioShack, the boy was easily able to unlock and start a connected car. The make of vehicle that was breached has not been revealed, but it is said to be one of the larger brands.
The 14-year-old boy had built his own circuit board overnight. The next day, the boy was able to easily hack into the car and unlock its doors and remote-start the engine. He also set the wipers going and was able to make the car play music from his mobile phone. Just to press the point, he then flashed the headlights to the beat.His name is still unknown.
“It was a pivot moment,” said Dr. Anuja Sonalker, lead scientist and program manager at Battelle. “For the automakers participating, they realized, ‘Huh, the barrier to entry was far lower than we thought.’ You don’t have to be an engineer. You can be a kid with $14.”
The automotive and technology industries are investing heavily in connected cars