Uber Technologies Inc. wants to make self-driving cars and naturally, it doesnt want people to hack them. The ride-hailing company confirmed on Friday that it had hired two well-known car hackers to help devise its own defenses.
Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek will work for the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.
Messrs. Miller and Valasek caused a stir earlier this summer when they brought a Jeep Cherokee to a halt on a St. Louis highway by wirelessly hacking into its entertainment system. The stunt angered executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the automobile industry’s trade group. But it played differently in Silicon Valley, where such security research is common.