Miller and Valasek will work with people having an expertise background in robotics on automation technology and maps in the center that opened this past winter. Earlier this summer the two have shown the world on a St. Louis highway how they can stop a driving Jeep Cherokee by wirelessly hacking into its entertainment system. As expected their demonstration resulted in mixed reactions. The automobile industry’s trade group and executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV were angered by what happened.
In Silicon Valley the situation was slightly different. Companies such as Tesla Motors Inc. preferred to work together with security researchers. It hired the two hackers that hacked one of its Model S sedans at a hacker conference last month for a presentation.