Car hacking seems to be the most common concern among the carmakers nowadays. It is quite surprising that Chrysler’s Jeep which has been around in the automobile industry for years was hacked by hackers by accessing the car system wirelessly through a shared software hub. The company even took about a year and a half to know about the flaw and even send the fix by mailing a USB stick to its customer.
Tesla, on the other hand, is difficult to hack. Eventhough on paper, the car made by Tesla seems to be easy to hack as the company seems to focus more on the appearance part when designing the car such as Tesla Model S. On top of that, the fix to patch their vehicles’ system loophole is done by OTA (Over the Air) method. Therefore, it is not surprising that Consumer Reports named Model S as the top automotive pick for two consecutive years.
On top of that, Tesla seems to be open about the technology that they use in their car. The company proactively informs the media, customers and the investment community about its new features and updates unlike other automakers that seems to prefer to keep their technology a secret. Tesla also wants hackers to expose its flaws in order if there is any loopholes with the system then the company could immediately fix it and patch it to their cars’ system through OTA method.
Another advantage of Tesla over its competitor is that their customers are mostly people who are successful in whatever they do in Silicon Valley and thus they know more about cybersecurity than what Tesla do. It is most probably because of this reason, companies such as Ford is establishing research centers in Silicon Valley.