Criminals Licking Their Lips at the Arrival of Connected Cars

Global Fleet

The FBI has warned the US admin­is­tra­tion that arrival of autonomous vehi­cles could change the face of crime fight­ing and pose of threat to cit­i­zens.

High speed car chas­es and vehi­cles being deployed by ter­ror­ists as lethal weapons are just two of the crime fight­ing con­cerns for US spooks. And you can bet your bot­tom dol­lar that the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty in Europe has sim­i­lar con­cerns.

With hack­ers deploy­ing worms and tro­jans to tap into PCs and smart devices, the cor­po­rate fleet com­mu­ni­ty could soon become a tar­get as con­nect­ed fleets come on stream. Is it too far fetched to think that some mega­lo­ma­ni­ac or oth­er could try to extort mil­lions by immo­bil­is­ing a fleet of cor­po­rate vehi­cles?

Thank­ful­ly, the threat is not lost on automak­ers. They know they’ll not just have to jump som­er­sault through reg­u­la­to­ry hoops to get autonomous vehi­cles licenced, but also con­vince con­sumers and fleet own­ers that the tech­nol­o­gy is safe and secure.

At this month’s Bat­telle Cyber­Auto Chal­lenge, the Alliance of Auto­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers announced a series of new ini­tia­tives to enhance the industry’s efforts to safe­guard vehi­cle com­put­er sys­tems to meet these very chal­lenges.

As part of this the alliance’s 12 automak­er mem­bers have agreed to fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion with busi­ness­es, gov­ern­ment and acad­e­mia in order to stay ahead of hack­ers and make our con­nect­ed future pos­si­ble.

Its time for team­work to make our con­nect­ed future a real­i­ty.

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