That the problems with the programming are due to being hacked into and a virus installed. They are having problems with all of their models, not just RAM.
LOL wow this is epic on so many levels, If you truly are being serious and this really did happen please do as PTCTreeGuy recommends and never, ever return there. Find another dealership who wants your business.That the problems with the programming are due to being hacked into and a virus installed. They are having problems with all of their models, not just RAM.
I forget which of the 'news' magazines had a story about hacking the Prius and made it sound like it was all remotely done. Then you saw the work they did and how many times they tried to make it work and it seemed more than a little scare-mongering misleading headline. It was interesting to watch for the technical stuff but they admitted it definitely wasn't something you should worry about someone breaking in and turning your car into their own full size toy. Well if you could call a Prius full size.Just touching on car hacking, as the "is this salesman whacko" side of things is well covered.
I've seen a Prius hacked. It can be done and poses a significant safety threat, as the hacker could submit steering inputs to violently turn the car without driver input. (Damn submissive Prius! Where's your will to fight back?!)
What did it take?
Access to the car's base code. Which had to be cracked as it's encrypted from the factory...not to protect you, but to protect Toyotas investment. Still, it's a security layer.
Access to the car physically. You've got to be plugged in to relay commands. In this case, the hacker was in the back seat of the car.
Knowledge of which areas of the coding affect which systems. Took this team weeks just to sort this step.
All in all, not something to fear at this stage...unless some among us have reason to fear reprisals from random university students working on doctoral thesis, trying to impress DARPA enough to get funding for their Ultimate Battle Zone/Pizza Delivery Robot System. I mean, obviously, if you've pissed off those kids you deserve to be carhacked...