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Would you buy a car that can be remotely disabled?

Would you buy a car that can be remotely disabled?

 

The new electric Renault Zoe has recently been making headlines, as owners will need to rent the battery on a monthly basis – which can remotely be switched off if a payment is missed. The car also logs its location, journeys and speeds.

(Photograph by Cédric JANODET )
 

There are fears that if Renault can remotely disable the car, then potentially hackers can as well.

Karsten Gerloff, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe, said: “This data tells the company where you are going, when, and how fast, where you charge the battery, and many other things besides.

“If there is a mechanism to remotely control what your car does, some will make use of this mechanism at some point.

“This could be the manufacturer, shutting down your car as you fall behind on the battery rent because you just lost your job, meaning that it becomes harder for you to find work. It could be the government, compelling the manufacturer to do its bidding.”