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Panda Device Lets You Hack Your Car

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For a mere $88, consumers can now buy and use a device that allows them to hack into their automobiles. Called Panda, the gizmo plugs into something known as a car's OBDII port, thereby tapping into information that has usually been the sole domain of vehicle manufacturers.

George Hotz, who invented Panda, also has released a software tool, Cabana, that permits gear heads to reverse engineer their machines using the data pulled by Panda.

And so?

People who know what they're doing can customize their cars in much the same way as can be done with computers.

According to  report from Business Insider, "Using the Panda/Cabana combo for example, someone could theoretically write software to give a car automatic braking or advanced cruise control (assuming the car has the necessary sensors built-in)."

And one could theoretically also mine data that would gauge specific aspects of the car's performance, including how it performs under certain conditions, such as the level of fuel in the tank.

Hotz is no stranger to famous hacks, having been the first person thought to have hacked the iPhone 7, which freed it up for users of networks other than that of AT&T. And he hacked the Playstation 3. He cracked the Apple device when he was 17, and Sony's gaming platform three years later.

Hotz was planning on selling a self-driving retrofit kit for $999 at the end of last year. As he previously told BI, "A car is $25,000. Imagine you can buy a $1,000 add-on kit to the car you already have versus buying like a new Model 3 Tesla?"

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration put the kibosh on that idea.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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