Stuart Wakeling

I drive an American vehicle but please don’t kill me

Blog Post created by Stuart Wakeling Employee on Jul 22, 2015

I drive a minivan. I’m not proud of it and I've tried so hard to maintain some sliver of respect by fitting it with black wheels. It’s the last act of a desperate man with two young kids and another on the way. A minivan is practical, that’s my defense and I’m sticking to it.



What you won’t know is that this particular Chrysler minivan is fitted with UConnect that allows you to control various aspects of Entertainment, Navigation, Phone etc by speaking to the unit over a bluetooth connection. Initially I thought this was a useful feature that allows me to focus on driving while simultaneously admonishing my kids while they try to kill each other in the back.

Imagine my horror when I read articles like this Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway


If there is one thing that allows me to sleep at night (it certainly isn’t my kids) its the fact that this vulnerability has only been found to work on any Chrysler vehicle with UConnect from late 2013, all of 2014, and early 2015 whereas my van is 2011.

Now, if I could only afford a 1966 AC Cobra I wouldn’t have to worry about any of this.