Last July Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million cars and trucks in the US equipped with radios that were vulnerable to hacking. Wired magazine published a story about software programmers who were able to take over a Jeep Cherokee being driven on a Missouri highway. The two hackers, Charlie Miller (above) and Chris Valasek, allowed journalist Andy Greenburg to drive the Cherokee before remotely turning on the windscreen washers and wipers, cranking up the sound system, shutting off the engine on a highway, taking control of the steering wheel and disabling the brakes. Photograph: Bill O’Leary/Washington Post via Getty Images

Hacking cars may seem a distant threat right now, but a dangerous “Hindenberg moment” could be nearing, due to the advent of autonomous cars, two rese(...)