A team from the Zhejiang University in China have successfully hacked the Tesla Model S, although they were not given the $10,000 prize for hacking the Model S at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing, as it was not hacked within the set time frame.
The team were able to hack the Tesla Model S by exploiting a ‘flow design flaw’, this allowed them to gain access to the vehicle, including the door locks, horn, and windows controls, and they had access to all of these things whilst the Tesla Model S was being driven.
Security experts say Tesla, which recently announced plans to make all its technology and patents openly available, is particularly vulnerable to hackers, compared with manufacturers of traditional, non-electric cars.
You don’t have to worry about your Tesla Model S being hacked though, as the team from the Zhejiang University have reported their findings to Tesla, and no doubt the electric car company and Elon Musk will be looking to fix this potential security flaw that the hackers managed to exploit.
Tesla recently announced their latest EV, the Tesla Model III, which is expected to launch in 2016 and will take on the Mrcedes C Class and BMW 3 Series.