With the software-intensive automobile, updates to your car's operating system (you knew your ride had an OS, right?) is typically a "sneaker net" operation. Your dealer plugs a USB drive into the iPod port, and updates the code that controls the gasoline-air mixture of the fuel injection system, or some other mission-critical onboard process.
Mercedes now utilizes a wireless system (that normally carries entertainment and an OnStar-like safety network) to update its products remotely -- much like Software Update on your Mac or IPhone.
So let's keep our eyes open for the first Merc hacking incident!
- Posted by Tom/Bluedog