Famous hacker George Hotz created a device to allow anyone to hack into their car and change the settings

George Hotz, a hacker famous for being the first person to hack into an iPhone (at age 17), released a car hacking tool called Panda. This device allows anyone to go into their settings and learn about their vehicle.

The device plugs into the car’s OBDII port, allowing the car owner to access the normally protected information. Once inside, the owner can learn more about their vehicle, like how much it can accelerate on a full tank of gas. Hotz also created Cabana, a software tool to go with Panda. This software gives the car owner the ability to use the data acquired by the hacking device to adjust the settings, such as modifying cruise control settings or giving the vehicle automatic braking. These changes can only be enacted if the vehicle already comes with the necessary sensors.

Hotz released Panda and Cabana on his startup’s website, Comma AI.

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George Hotz, a hacker famous for being the first person to hack into an iPhone (at age 17), released a car hacking tool called Panda. This device allows anyone to go into their settings and learn about their vehicle.

The device plugs into the car’s OBDII port, allowing the car owner to access the normally protected information. Once inside, the owner can learn more about their vehicle, like how much it can accelerate on a full tank of gas. Hotz also created Cabana, a software tool to go with Panda. This software gives the car owner the ability to use the data acquired by the hacking device to adjust the settings, such as modifying cruise control settings or giving the vehicle automatic braking. These changes can only be enacted if the vehicle already comes with the necessary sensors.