The semi loomed in the mirror, bearing down on my immobilized Jeep.I followed Miller's advice: I didn't panic. Though I hadn't touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system.I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail.I hoped its driver saw me, too, and could tell I was paralyzed on the highway."You're doomed!
"Remember, Andy," Miller had said through my i Phone's speaker just before I pulled onto the Interstate 64 on-ramp, "no matter what happens, don't panic."Charlie Miller, left, a security researcher at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, 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.
Cars lined up behind my bumper before passing me, honking.
I could see an 18-wheeler approaching in my rearview mirror.
All of this is possible only because Chrysler, like practically all carmakers, is doing its best to turn the modern automobile into a smartphone.
Uconnect, an Internet-connected computer feature in hundreds of thousands of Fiat Chrysler cars, SUVs, and trucks, controls the vehicle's entertainment and navigation, enables phone calls, and even offers a Wi-Fi hot spot.