Connected cars are vulnerable to hacking
Technology and software are developing at a break-neck speed, with the possibilities and applications seemingly endless. As Marc Andreessen, the famous founding partner at world-renowned venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, once said, “software is eating the world”.
With the increase of such technology and software, and the connectedness between different devices and vehicles, there are also security issues that come to light.
“Now that cars are more connected, with technologies such as WiFi and 3G, 4G, 5G, hackers have multiple ways to get in.”Dan Sahar, vice-president at Upstream Security
Recently, a Chicago-based vehicle-sharing service, Car2Go, saw more than 70 of its vehicles being stolen in hours, after it discovered fraudulent activity within the company.
Car2Go has since improved the verification process for new accounts created in North America in order to combat such dangerous and fraudulent activity.
Such events lay bare one particularly growing risk of connected vehicles and cars, especially with the speed at which the autonomous car space is evolving. While hackers were previously able to hack into computers, the damage done to human life is most likely larger if the same hacker would be able to control one or more vehicles from a distance.
There is a stronger need today than ever before to regulate driverless vehicles and the security behind it. The more connected devices become, the easier they are to hack, and the more dangerous they become. In the case of cars, security is one of the major aspects that will delay it from coming to the roads.