Robot-Car Hacking Fears for Carmakers
By Rafia

Automakers are planning to put self-driving cars on U.S. roads as fast as they can, but developers are still doubtful about whether they can be tricked or hacked into making errors while driving. Advocates of safety insist that self-driving cars are possible targets for hackers who particularize in computer takeovers and they rely completely on mapping devices and sensors to read traffic signs and that would make it very risky if the signs are changed in any way.

A consumer of Watchdog’s privacy project director, John Simpson, said, “The current state of vehicles on the road today- the new, modern car, not even self-driving- have become rolling computers. The vulnerability has been demonstrated and I think it’s only going to get worse with autonomous vehicles.”

Automakers are making the effort to demonstrate how committed they are to address possible cyber vulnerabilities. “The vice president of public affairs and communications for Alliance of automobiles manufacturers, Gloria Bergquist said, “Like many industries, auto engineers use ‘threat modelling’ and simulated attacks with the latest methods to test security and to help design controls to enhance data integrity.”

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