A reporter for Wired.com agreed to be the guinea pig for an experiment by two hackers who keyed in to the "infotainment" dashboard on his Jeep Cherokee.
The reporter was not told what the hackers would do once they gained access, but he was told not to panic and to know they would do nothing to endanger his life or the lives of others on the road. They didn't exactly keep that promise.
At first, they tampered with the windshield wipers. Then, they blasted the radio. As the reporter cruised down the highway, his air conditioning went on full blast. He hadn't once taken his hands off the steering wheel. But then they killed the transmission while the reporter was on the highway. The accelerator stopped immediately. He frantically stepped on the pedal, but there was nothing. He was stopped on the highway with no shoulder, cars backing up behind him. A semi-truck approached as a line of cars piled up behind him, horns honking. He called and begged them to turn the transmission back on immediately.