posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 10:51 AM
That frightening prospect has had Internet message boards buzzing this year, amid rumors that a virus had infected Lexus cars and S.U.V.'s. The virus
supposedly entered the cars over the Bluetooth wireless link that lets drivers use their cellphones to carry on hands-free conversations through the
cars' microphones and speakers.
The Lexus tale, based on murky reporting and a speculative statement by Kaspersky Labs, a Moscow antivirus company, seems to have been unfounded.
"Lexus and its parent companies, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, have investigated this rumor," the carmaker said
in a statement last month, "and have determined it to be without foundation."
While this is refuted by the Auto Manufacturers, the possibility is quite real in the near future. Almost all cars now have integrated computer
systems for everything in the car.
For example, the Farrari has had an internet connection for several years. Just plug it in, and it will dial home for an automated tune up.
The latest versions of in-car information systems, known as telematics, include the ability to diagnose vehicle maladies. General Motors' OnStar can
forward readings from sensors throughout the car for troubleshooting, a process called remote diagnostics. (All G.M. cars will include OnStar by the
end of 2007.)
New York Times
So new car buyers, caveat emptor !!!