The U.S. Supreme court Monday declined to hear Fiat Chrysler’s appeal in a class action lawsuit claiming the automaker knew its vehicles were vulnerable to cyberattacks as early as 2011.
The case stems from three car owners who sued the Samsung Electronics Co subsidiary Harman International Industries which manufactures the vehicle’s Uconnect infotainment system, and the U.S. subsidiary of the Italian-controlled carmaker.
The lawsuit claims cyber criminals are able to take control over the vehicles safety-critical function to remotely control the vehicles’, acceleration, braking, steering and ignition and that the issue only received attention after researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller publicly exposed the flaws in 2015.
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