Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has become the first full-line automaker to reward coders who find software vulnerabilities in their cars.


Almost one year ago, two security specialists took over a Jeep Cherokee, using shortcomings of the Uconnect Access / Via Mobile systems; they were able to control the transmission, brakes, and other parts of the vehicle. (See "Hackers Control Jeep Cherokee From 10 Miles Away" for more details)

Malicious hackers increasingly threaten vehicle safety, especially as cars become more connected, autonomous features are added, and basic systems move from being mechanical to being computerized.

FCA US has partnered with Bugcrowd , a group of more than 30,000 security researchers who tests systems to uncover exploitable bugs. The company is offering bounties of $150 to $1,500 for every reported vulnerability, to be administered by Bugcrowd. The actual amount will be based on how critical the bug is. Bugcrowd is also used by Western Union, Pinterest. and Tesla.