We’re truly in the digital age now, folks – Land Rover is recalling 65,000 cars because of a software bug.
Specifically, the Range Rovers in question suffer from a glitch that can unlock the vehicles’ doors.
The bug affects Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models that were sold between 2013 and today, as reported by the BBC.
It’s a particularly worrying bug because the dashboard doesn’t register that doors have been unlocked, leaving the driver unaware.
This could, according to the report, increase the risk of theft-by-hijack, and as such has forced Land Rover to recall a huge number of models.
Unfortunately, Land Rover has to update its car software manually, unlike Tesla, which offers over-the-air-updates for its vehicles.
“The recall is sensible. It’s positive to see automotive firms taking the proper steps to address evolving criminal threats.
He continued: “The challenge is that systems are now getting connected that were not originally designed for that purpose. THere is a need to carefully test vehicles, identify possible vulnerabilities, and fix them before criminals exploit them. We believe there’s a need to adopt established methods from the IT industry, like ethical hacking, for connected cars.”
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The recall comes after last year’s reports that car thieves were targeting computer-locking vehicles because the security software could be circumvented.
A handheld ‘black box’ was reported to be in use by a number of criminal groups that could unlock and start cars with keyless ignitions. The cars targeted at the time included Range Rovers and BMW X5s.