Protecting consumers from hackers, malware.
The UK government is certainly taking transport seriously. After recently announcing that it would ban pure-internal combustion cars from sale come 2040, it’s now come forth that the government has introduced guidelines on automotive connectivity, aimed at ensuring the privacy and security of consumers in the face of today’s ever-connected cars.
“As vehicles get smarter, cyber security in the automotive industry is becoming an increasing concern. Whether we’re turning cars into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to create fully autonomous vehicles, cars are more vulnerable than ever to hacking and data theft.” The guidelines then go on to underline the importance of cooperation between manufacturers and suppliers, effectively securing the supply chain from one end to the other.
The guidelines revolve essentially around 8 principles, that work to ensure that systems are designed to be secure, that manufacturers and relevant parties ensure their security throughout the lifetime of the system, and that the systems themselves are designed with the relevant failsafes and risk-mitigation programs needed to contain and control an incident should it take place. It also cements a users’ right to delete sensitive data on systems should they wish to do so, which should go some way to providing a greater sense security for drivers of connected cars.
“Our cars are becoming smarter, and self-drivng technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel. Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected. Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi-connected hotspots or equipping the with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it’s important that they are protected against cyber attacks.” — Lord Callanan, UK Minister of Transport
Carmakers continue their steady march toward autonomous driving, with Tesla’s Autopilot to be joined by systems like Nissan’s ProPilot and Audi’s AI traffic jam pilot in the near future. Proactive guidelines and legislation will ensure that governments remain ahead of the curve when it comes to connected vehicles, and we see this latest UK guideline to be the first significant step towards ensuring that we don’t lose our privacy and security in our relentless pursuit of technological advancement.
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