Backseat drivers: Scientists hack cars using a laptop

Leon Poultney
Backseat drivers: Scientists hack cars using a laptop
Backseat drivers: Scientists hack cars using a laptop

Two security experts in America have demonstrated how they can take control of a standard car using computer software and a laptop.

Once 'hacked' into the car's ECU, the technical whiz kids can not only steer the vehicle but also alter throttle inputs and mess around with fuel displays and other digital read-outs.