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Wirelessly Hacking--And Unlocking--Cars Is Easier Than It Should Be

At the Black Hat security conference later this week, an Australian security researcher will reveal a method for wirelessly unlocking a car with nothing but some radio equipment and ingenuity. It's not an easy hack, and there are a lot of caveats. But it's certainly a lot easier than it should be. See for yourself. » 8/04/14 11:52am 8/04/14 11:52am

Guy Hacks His Truck So He's His Own Transmission Computer

I love this guy. I can tell this without even watching the video, and justly looking at that de-padded dash, those gauges crammed into the dash holes, and, most importantly, those three wall-light switches screwed into the dash. Those three switches and the guy's brain are now the computer that shifts the car. » 6/04/14 4:14pm 6/04/14 4:14pm

The Hackmobile Has Everything You Need To Make Anything You Want

I desperately want – no need – a compact commercial van. There's just something about an all-in-one, hauling, sleeping, road-tripping machine that hits all the right fuck-you-society spots. And now I have a template for the support vehicle. It's a Transit Connect Wagon built by DIYers and filled with lots of silly… » 5/16/14 3:00pm 5/16/14 3:00pm

China's Best Grandpa Builds A Mini Electric Lambo For His Grandson

In Zhengzhou, there's a man called Old Guo — who, at 50, seems a little young for his name — who wasn't crazy about taking his grandson to school on an unstable electric moped. So, he did the only thing any rational person would do: he built a little electric Lamborghini-style neighborhood car. » 3/11/14 11:45am 3/11/14 11:45am

Will This Car Named For A Cat Be The First Real Open-Source Car?

When I was a kid, there always seemed to be someone in the neighborhood building some wonderfully absurd kit car on an old VW chassis. That basic VW platform was the basis for so many DIY car projects. Sadly, there's nothing like that now. But maybe a new open-souce car called the Tabby will change that. » 3/07/14 3:20pm 3/07/14 3:20pm

Hackers Can Take Over Your Car With This Simple $26 Device

There's been a lot of hype and panic about cars being hacked and terrorist teens on laptops in desert bunkers taking over your Toyota, and up to now it's been mostly all just fodder for your crazy aunt to email you about. Now, however, a first viable general-use car-hacking tool has been developed that's also cheap. » 2/10/14 11:39am 2/10/14 11:39am

Giant Street Legal Cozy Coupe Will Delight The Crap Out Of You

Everyone loves the Li'l Tykes Cozy Coupe, right? For many of us, it's our very first experience piloting any sort of wheeled vehicle at all. Even so, taking one out on the highway or even any public road is often a harrowing experience. Luckily, the industrious kooks at Attitude Autos in the UK have a solution. » 1/31/14 4:40pm 1/31/14 4:40pm

The Future of Car Hacking

The future holds a lot for the motor vehicle, with the beginnings of 3D printing already taking root in households, plenty of Bluetooth gadgets allow greater connectivity with our mobile devices, and new painting coatings provide less work when cleaning. Let's take a look at how you'll be able to hack your car to do… » 12/18/13 10:09am 12/18/13 10:09am