Saturday, December 22, 2018 by Tim Wesley
Is your car safe from an EMP attack? Concerns about an electromagnetic pulse disaster must not be dismissed. As reported by the FreeBeacon.com, a 2014 congressional hearing by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies concluded that an EMP attack can have disastrous effects on the majority of the U.S. If you’re highly concerned about your vehicle’s immunity against an attack, the most logical course of action is to get one that’s EMP-proof like the ones you’ll see below:
An EMP attack can severely damage car electronics. It can interfere with your vehicle’s operations and can lead to permanent damage. Since most cars today are chock full of electronics — some cars can have more than 100 microprocessors — it’s not surprising that many people are serious about making their vehicles EMP-proof.
Today’s cars can have more than 200 lbs of electronics and more than a mile of wiring; newer models are sure to have more. This makes the potential damage even scarier. Among the functions at risk when an EMP attack happens are anti-lock brakes, air bags, GPS, fuel injection, powertrain control module, electronic locks, and electronic ignition. Imagine if your car doesn’t start or suddenly shuts down while on the road. That would be very scary.
Should you be worried? The idea is terrifying; but 2004 data from the EMP Commission may put weary minds at ease. According to their report, 90 percent of the cars subjected to a simulated EMP attacks didn’t suffer serious damage. None of the cars whose engines were turned off showed signs of damage while only a few of those that were running shut off. All of them started back up.
These findings should provide a glimmer of hope against a disastrous scenario that may await car owners during an attack. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? And if you’re not willing to take on a chance, then start looking around for any of the vehicles we mentioned above.