As technology advancements keep flowing hackers will find a way to change it to their likings. We reported about a self-driving hauler that is going to be driving on the roads in Nevada soon, which is a HUGE tech advancement. A questions comes about, though, when a person buys a new car. Do you own the software within the car or does the auto maker still own the software? Many auto makers are claiming they own the rights to the software and they list many reasons. How did this questions come about?
A man by the name of Liam O’Brien has been playing around with the software in his Tesla Model S in recent months and has been posting his updated online. His posts have been garnering a ton of attention from the Tesla community and even from a Toyota subsidiary and an aftermarket parts maker as well. Partly because of Liam’s knack for ticketing with his Model S a war is starting about making alterations with the computer system in their vehicles and if it is legal to do so. Car hackers and security pros are fighting one law that is threatening their need for self-changing auto computer systems. The law is called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. These hackers and security pros will be facing giant auto makers such as GM and nearly every other auto maker, besides Tesla Motors.
The auto makers are claiming that altering the computer software code in a vehicle could introduce many safety and security issues and even violate laws that pertain to emissions, fuel economy and other vehicle regulations.
Auto Transport Quote Services is here to take a stand on the issue. When looking at the auto makers point of view they are clearly correct in regards to the safety regulations and laws that could be compromised because of hackers altering computer software code. It should be illegal to after code on the computer system on vehicles. Think about it like this: when we get our Apple iPhone we do not own the software inside, Apple does. It is a proprietary software that is owned by the company and not the individual with the phone. Most of us do not go in and change the code and jailbreak our phones. If we did, and some do still jailbreak their phones, Apple would cover it under any warranty. It is the same thing with cars. It should not be allowed to do so, but we all know there will be companies out there that will hack away at auto computer software. Keeping the problem to a minimum is the best thing to do for the safety of people.
What do you think? What do you think the outcome of this fight will be?