AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Fiat-Chrysler is offering bounties to hackers who point out security vulnerabilities in vehicle software, the automaker announced on Tuesday.
A reported vulnerability could earn a bounty of $150 to $1,500 through a program on bugcrowd.com.
Fiat-Chrysler is the first mass-market automaker to offer such bounties. It joins Tesla Motors, which also rewards hackers for exposing security vulnerabilities.
"We want to encourage independent security researchers to reach out to us and share what they?ve found so that we can fix potential vulnerabilities before they?re an issue for our consumers," said Titus Melnyk, Fiat-Chrysler?s senior manager for security architecture, in a statement.
Professional hackers were able to remotely control some systems in a 2014 Jeep Cherokee in July 2015.
Later, Fiat-Chrysler recalled 1.4 million U.S. vehicles, including the 2014-?15 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee SUVs, to address software vulnerabilities in certain radio systems that left them open to hacking of control systems.
Fighting cyber-security attacks on connected and driverless cars will require new levels of cooperation among automakers, suppliers and the government, experts say.
Other automakers that have responded to hacking threats include General Motors, which had to issue a new OnStar RemoteLink app following a hack by a security researcher who said he took over some functions of a Chevrolet Volt.
Edmunds says: Expect other automakers to fall in line behind Fiat-Chrysler and Tesla in recruiting the hacker community to combat threats to automotive cyber-safety.