FCA’s hacking issue should be major warning for Germany’s luxury triumvirate image

Friendly cybersecurity experts demonstrated how vulnerable the auto industry has become to hacker attacks by staging a takeover in a carefully planned test against a Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep vehicle last week.

The entire world then found out that not only the future is here in the form of connected autos and semi-autonomous vehicles, but all the woes we had imagined in literature and movies could also be present, such as losing control of your family vehicle and ending up in a ditch. And while the entire automotive world should take the matter serious, the ones that should have the most sleepless nights should be the executives at BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. That’s because the three leading German premium automakers are now entrenched in a full out war in terms of technology, that has escalated the competition from the traditional horsepower/features race. Mercedes-Benz has recently announced its upcoming next generation E Class will be able to drive itself under certain conditions just like the flagship S Class. Audi has numerous prototypes achieving never before seen autonomous feats – such as having a driverless RS7 posting spectacular lap times down the circuit at race-car speeds. BMW is no slouch either, with the new 7 Series able to understand gesture commands and then also park itself. All three also offer a wide array of features, from self-braking systems to highly automated cruise control systems that slowly introduce semi-autonomous driving to the wide audience.

Now, the companies need to reassure consumers that usually spend upwards from 50,000 euros on a new vehicle their latest acquisition is safe to drive even though it has now been turned into a computer on wheels. All three premium gurus say they can thwart any hacking attempt, using numerous cyber defense tools, from encrypted connections to firewalls.

Via Automotive News Europe