But the automobile isn’t the only mode of transportation that is potentially vulnerable to hacking. In early August, researchers Richo Healy and Mike Ryan demonstrated how they could remotely control an electric skateboard by exploiting the unsecured Bluetooth connection between the board and the remote used to control it.
In their demonstration, which they fittingly named FacePlant, Healy and Ryan used a laptop to seize control of a Boosted electric skateboard, abruptly stopping it, then sending the board in reverse. The rider would go flying off the board as a result, ending up with a serious case of road rash.
Realistically, you probably don’t have to worry too much about becoming the victim of a hacked electric skateboard, but Healy and Ryan’s research should serve as a wakeup call to makers of electric skateboards, scooters, and bicycles.