US: automakers make a stand against car hacking image

For the first time US trade groups that operate on behalf of the biggest carmakers have agreed to enforce a policy designed to introduce privacy protections targeted at preventing hackers from accessing vehicles.

According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers, Washington-based organizations that count among their members both GM and Toyota, the agreement should be announced later today. The accord puts the grounds for increased security for information – including driver behavior and location – as the vehicles today have become increasingly computerized.

“As modern cars not only share the road but will in the not-too-distant future communicate with one another, vigilance over the privacy of our customers and the security of vehicle systems is an imperative,” said John Bozella, president and chief executive officer of Global Automakers.

As automakers and supplier see the advent of autonomous and inter-connected cars, the threat that hackers might direct their malevolent attention towards the auto industry has grown. Back in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recognized the need for uncompromised systems in automobiles and established an office focused on vehicle cybersecurity. Just as cars are now increasingly connected to the Internet, later on they will be able to also communicate between themselves and with their surroundings – and if hackers attempt to take command of a moving car then the disruptions could lead to serious accidents.

Via Bloomberg