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Hacked Tesla Model S highlights the difficult road ahead for self-driving cars, say experts

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Tesla has updated the software of its Model S to help resist hacking attempts (Picture © Tesla)

As an acknowledged leader in the field of electric self-driving cars, California-based Tesla is the golden boy of the Golden State. But over the last couple of weeks, dazzling-white smiles have been thin on the ground at the American car maker. Hackers have revealed they could take over a Tesla’s brakes, open the boot and unlock doors, operate the indicators and even move the electrically adjusted seats.

The cyber attack was carried out remotely by Chinese hackers. Tesla has confirmed that it was informed of the vulnerability in its software and systems several weeks ago, and has subsequently issued updated software as a free download to all affected customers.

The American electric car manufacturer worked with Keen Security Lab, which approached Tesla after discovering the weak areas that led to the hack. Keen Security Lab is part of Tencent, one of the giants of China’s booming technology and communications industry.

How was the Tesla Model S ‘hacked’?

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Electric car and PHEV drivers to face £5 charge to top up at motorways

Electric car and PHEV drivers to face £5 charge to top up at motorways

Recharging an electric car like the Nissan Leaf will cost a minimum of £5 at motorway service stations (Picture © Nissan)

British drivers who choose electric cars or plug-in hybrid models to save money while doing their bit to help the UK combat climate change have been hit with shocking news, after the main provider of motorway charging points for electric cars announced it will introduce a £5 fee for a 20-minute rapid charge.

The decision was taken by Ecotricity, a Gloucestershire-based company that until recently was the sole provider of charging points for electric cars at Britain’s motorway service stations.

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Would you recommend 10 friends to Tesla in return for a free car? Elon Musk hopes so…

Elon Musk with a Tesla Model S

Elon Musk believes that there’s nothing more powerful than word of mouth when it comes to selling cars (Picture © Tesla)

Would you be prepared to help a car company sell its latest new model to your friends – in return for a £1000 discount for your friend and another £1000 reward for you, after every successful sale?  Continue reading