The future of automotive technology is in connected cars. Cars sharing information, cars sharing data through the cloud or via multiple channels. As data flows from the car or to the car, this allows the car of the future to be vulnerable to intrusion. In order to combat the potential threat, the UK Government has pushed a set of tough guidelines to auto makers of smart cars to protect consumers from hackers.
In the guidelines the UK Government wants security to be incorporated into the design process with every partner involved especially when it comes to the automotive industry where car makers deal with parts suppliers and multiple vendors. To make it a high priority, the UK Government even want security design process to be involved at the board of directors’ level to ensure accountability. Other guidelines include continuous patching and security enhancements throughout the connected car lifecycle.
On top of security, the UK Government hopes to also build a framework for autonomous vehicle or self-driving car insurance. When it comes to accidents involving autonomous vehicles, there aren’t any clear guidelines to indicate who should be the faulty party.
“Our cars are becoming smarter and self-driving technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel. Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected. Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it is important that they are protected against cyber-attacks. That’s why it’s essential all parties involved in the manufacturing and supply chain are provided with a consistent set of guidelines that support this global industry. Our key principles give advice on what organisations should do, from the board level down, as well as technical design and development considerations,” said Transport Minister Lord Callanan.
“We’re pleased that government is taking action now to ensure a seamless transition to fully connected and autonomous cars in the future and, given this shift will take place globally, that it is championing cyber security and shared best practice at an international level. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives. A consistent set of guidelines is an important step towards ensuring the UK can be among the first – and safest – of international markets to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology,” said Mike Hawes, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive.