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"software designed to run on a smart phone, plug into a car's diagnostic port, and interface with a vehicle's computer system. The set-up could scoop up information on, say, how the car's tire suspension or drivetrain is working, or scan car software for security vulnerabilities. The project's goal: "to provide complete free and open access to the networked electronic devices in an automobile." (


"Tiffany Rad got interested in hacking cars because she wanted to drive her Land Rover off-road on rugged terrain without worrying about setting off the air bags. Her efforts to disable them sparked a series of garage experiments to reprogram her car in unusual ways. One idea: "creating a switch you could flip, so the car would perform differently when off-road." (