A former intern at car manufacturer Tesla is to launch an open source version of the CANard tool that will make it easier to hack into cars.
Eric Evenchick’s tool will make it cheaper and easier than ever before to get to the innards of a connected car to determine if there are any useful tweaks they can make, or any worrisome security vulnerabilities that more malicious hackers could exploit.
Evenchick is hopeful CANard, based on the widely-used and much-loved Python language, will have a greater impact on the car industry in general. It should allow security researchers of all ilks to easily probe cars for weaknesses, which, Evenchick hopes, will get them to take vehicle hacking more seriously.
He said: “I want to make this easy. Python developers can get the code in one line … and start working with it. It’s also built as a library rather than just a collection of scripts. The plan is to build more functionality out around it, and contribute that back into an open source tool.”