If you own an Apple iPhone or Android device, perhaps you've been tempted to jailbreak or root it. This process gives you access to the the software's code, and can be used to make minor or drastic changes to its operating system. CarKnow, a company in Boston, is working applying a similar concept to the automobile.

Translogic recently took a look inside CarKnow to see just how it can tweak the computers inside a car and what sort of things can be done. As our transportation tech sister site explains, CarKnow basically created a digital duplicate of their Buick Regal in the cloud, while harvesting data generated to create custom apps and infiltrate the deepest function of their test car.

And before you freak out about people maliciously taking over your car, CarKnow's founder, Josh Siegel, stresses that it isn't quite so easy as driving up alongside someone. Take a look at the full video below to see just what it's like to jailbreak a car.


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      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      The main reason I watched this was because I thought they changed the colors of the different warning lights in the picture above. So colorful!
      Go2Fast
      • 1 Year Ago
      those chose a minivan for the end sequence.....how bland.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is that idiot light of the tachometer with an arrow pointing at around 3,000 rpms? WHUH?!
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      With emissions checks doing nothing but checking codes in the engine computer, hacking could be a pretty good way to avoid expensive cat replacement....or resetting odometer mileages....
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Changing vehicle mileage may be a big issue -- hopefully that info is protected. I believe it's a felony to tamper with vehicle mileage, so it probably would be wise for CarKnow to not encourage/facilitate odometer manipulation.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      "How to hack a Buick Regal with CarKnow" Really?? Poor Tittle for this blog.
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