Daimler chief executive officer Dieter Zetsche said the automaker has a growing desire to make sure it has ample control over data security and the strategy in place was key to the latest decisions in the technology field.

More to the point, Zetsche said the cybersecurity plans of the company were one of the reasons Mercedes-Benz implicated itself with archrivals BMW and Audi in the German consortium that offered to purchase Nokia’s car navigation and mapping business unit Here. “You can see from reading the papers that we are trying to acquire a platform together with our German competitors, to gain control over the platform which enables autonomous driving, for exactly these reasons,” the CEO commented when asked if Mercedes is concerned about possible hacker attacks. “We have the goal of designing security into the software.” The consortium is said to be close to a deal to acquire Nokia’s Here unit for between 2.5 billion and 3 billion euros ($2.74 billion to $3.29 billion).

High-definition digital maps are key to autonomous driving, because they help connected and driverless cars to use them for intelligent functions such as recalculating on the go the current route if the automobile’s navigation mapping system receives an alert – a traffic jam or perhaps an accident. They also assist the autonomous vehicles confront the data taken from on-board cameras and sensors against the information covering the digital high-definition maps. “As vehicles become more connected, more autonomous and less reliant on human-operated mechanical functions, the question of security will become more important and more frequent,” Morgan Stanley analysts commented recently in a note to clients.

Via Automotive News Europe


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