Hackers in the USA have found vulnerabilities that allow them to control cars’ computer systems from their laptops.
The hackers were able to disable the brakes on a Ford Escape travelling at a slow speed so that the car will not stop regardless of how hard the driver is pushing the pedal.
The Toyota Prius was also targeted, with the hackers able to make the car brake suddenly while travelling at 80 miles per hour.
These weaknesses in the computer systems were found by two hackers who had received a government grant to carry out research into software vulnerabilities.
It is hoped their findings will help car manufacturers prevent such security breaches in the future.
A 2011 study based on Bluetooth systems and wireless networks had previously found a way to remotely control certain brands of cars.
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