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- Mar 23, 2014
- Abbotsford, BC.
- 2003 TDI 2.0L ALH, auto, silver wagon, lowered, Colt stage 2 cam, ported head,205 injectors, 1756 turbo, Malone 2.0, 3" exhaust, 18" BBS RC GLI rims. 2004 blue GSW TDI, 5 speed, lowered, GLI BBS wheels painted black, Malone stage 2, Aerotur
Here's a situation with a new Jeep Cherokee. Its involves someone that I know well and completely trust.
He bought a new Jeep Cherokee last year. He and his wife drove to to visit his daughter in another town. They went to church with her. They turned the car off, got out of the parked car and locked the doors - keys in hand. After church they came out and the car was gone. They assumed it had been stolen. But looking around they found it across the street engine racing having crashed into something. By now the police had been called and very soon arrived.
Here's what had to happen...Some how the 'hack' was able to start the car AND put it in gear and to an extent (though I'm guessing on this last one) accelerate the engine. Upon inspection the engine was still running, and the car was still locked. If my memory serves me one wheel was still spinning. The police report verifies this.
Its definitely possible the hack was a local drive-by or nearby hack. But I am increasingly considering the idea that the hack was done via satellite. Also important is to realize what use to be various mechanical components in cars - as in the actual physical mechanics of the ignition key lock , of physical mechanics of putting the car in drive, the physical cable of acceleration are now done with a computer system and electrical switching.
And of this is the case that cars can be controlled in this manner car companies have been silent about this technology.
This vehicle was brand new - maybe a couple of weeks old. The car dealership was only minimally responsive with the person that owned the Cherokee having to absorb a month or two of rental charges while the debate back-and-forth on what to do went on.
But the idea of a satellite based hack seems reasonable to consider.
Not sure how the Sattelite could move the shift lever unless its also push button?