Nissan is widely reported to have suspended functionality of an app to control aspects of its Leaf car, after an Australian hacker managed to take control of a car in Britain.
In a statement quoted by the BBC, Nissan said “The NissanConnect EV app – formerly called CarWings – is currently unavailable.”
It follows the release of a video by Australian Troy Hunt who managed to control the climate control system and run down the battery, whilst receiving other data about the vehicle.
“This follows information from an independent IT consultant and a subsequent internal Nissan investigation that found the dedicated server for the app had an issue that enabled the temperature control and other telematics functions to be accessible via a non-secure route,” continues the statement.
“No other critical driving elements of the Nissan Leaf or eNV200 are affected, and our 200,000-plus LEAF and eNV200 drivers across the world can continue to use their cars safely and with total confidence.
“We apologise for the disappointment caused to our Nissan Leaf and eNV200 customers who have enjoyed the benefits of our mobile apps. However, the quality and seamless operation of our products is paramount.
“We’re looking forward to launching updated versions of our apps very soon.”