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Hacked

Charlie Miller (right) a security researcher at Twitter,  and Chris Valasek (left), director of Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, have exposed the security vulnerabilities in automobiles by hacking into cars remotely, controlling the cars' various controls from the radio volume to the brakes. Photographed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Ladue, Mo. (Photo © Whitney Curtis for WIRED.com)

Well, I told ya so. First they hacked the Google car. Now, it appears, they – “they” being hackers – could, in principle at least, take over half-a-million Jeeps (and other Fiat-Chrysler vehicles) equipped with in-car WiFi. They’ve already done so in fact with one. According to a report just published on wired.com a guy…

Blame Nixon

'73 SD-455 GTO

The American automobile industry has loved Uncle long time now. But it was not always so – at least, not to the extent we’ve come to accept as normal. There was a time – some of you will remember it – when the car companies would actually resist government intrusions into their business, even going so…

2014 Chrysler 300

'14 300 lead

2014 is the final year for the “Luca Brasi” version of the Chrysler 300 sedan. Next year – this fall, actually – Chrysler will debut a redesigned 300 that will be (if spy photos are accurate) curvy and slinky rather than barrel chested and beefy. It looks like the RWD-based architecture will carry over –…

Heebie Jeebies

Safety last

There is a downside to getting these brand-new cars to test drive all the time. I know what’s coming before you do. A hint, the leading edge. The camel’s nose under the tent. It’s just a whiff, sometimes. But the aroma is unmistakable. The smell of Uncle. His filthy presence, spoiling all the fun. It…

Winter Driving . . . in a Modern Car

winter 1

Times have, as the saying goes, changed. If you learned how to drive before – roughly – the mid-1980s, you probably learned how to drive in a car without anti-lock brakes or traction/stability control. The skills acquired (hopefully!) such as learning to apply just enough braking pressure to slow the car without locking up the…

The Pledge

libertarian wheel

Want to know why Republicans – especially Republican “conservatives” – are getting zero traction politically as well as philosophically against the “liberals” they claim to oppose? Why they are a spent force? It is because they’re hypocrites. Pots calling the kettles black. You cannot – to cite just one example of their intellectual-ethical disconnect –…

Fizzle

EV lead

If electric cars are The Future, why are so many automakers – quietly – backing away from them? GM has decided against mass production of its Adam electric city-car. Audi has kiboshed the Tesla-esque electric R8 that had been scheduled for a launch sometime this year or next. Nissan has slashed the base price of…

Civilian cop cars?

Hi Eric, I live in South NJ. I’ve noticed the police in my county and adjoining counties have begun driving police cars that are unmarked (e.g. no rooftop sirens, no police paint). They look like civilian cars. Most I’ve seen are black suv’s but I’ve also seen white cars too. Only reason I know they…

Retro Review: AMC Marlin Fastback Coupe, 1965–1967

Pontiac’s GTO, which appeared in 1964, had every other American automaker rushing to cash in on the emerging youth market for big-biceped intermediate muscle coupes— including AMC. AMC, however, decided on a unique twist. Instead of me-tooing the Big Three’s muscle cars, it went with the personal luxury coupe concept – anticipating cars like the…