The NHSTA announced it will take all the measures to prevent self-driving vehicle traffic networks from being hacked.
NHTSA David Strickland told the Senate Commerce Committee that the US auto safety regulator has asked for $2 million to build a new office for electronic issues.
“NHTSA recognizes the challenge and the growing onboard potential for remotely compromising vehicle security through software and increased onboard communications services,” Strickland said. “With electronics systems assuming safety critical roles in nearly all vehicle controls, we are facing the need to develop general requirements.”
This move comes after Senators expressed their concerns regarding in-vehicle technologies, self-driving vehicles and hacking into the future vehicles. NHTSA said that until now there has been no cyber attacks, but if this should happed the agency has to be prepared to immediately take action.
“As our cars become more connected — to the Internet, to wireless networks, with each other and our infrastructure — are they at risk of catastrophic cyber attacks?” asked Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.
In August 2012 NHTSA began testing almost 3,000 high-technological cars in Ann Arbor to see if drivers can avert crashes if vehicles could communicate to one another. The projects costs $25 million and the Transportation Department funds 80% of the sum.