If you've driven a new car recently, you've probably noticed that
it came with a dizzying array of technological advances. Spoken commands,
GPS, Bluetooth music and video, and much more can be found in almost every
new vehicle. Not only that, but downloadable apps for commerce, traffic,
and weather conditions are coming into play as well. And these are just
extra features: everything from the brakes to the engine can have some
kind of digital integration. Some cars can even drive and park themselves!
Ultimately, we can hope that these advancements in car technology can lead
to safer and more informed experiences on the road, but what if all the
results of these features aren't positive? What if these new technologies
open a window for malicious manipulation of your vehicle, even when you're
right behind the wheel? Lawmakers and car manufacturers are already anticipating
this kind of threat, known as
Is car hacking a real threat?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to stay a few steps ahead of the possible threat of car hacking.
In 2013, the NHTSA established the Electronics Systems Safety Research
Division to help create standards and to counsel car manufacturers to
create technologies resistant to hacking. The Electronics Systems Safety
Research Division has already identified a number of vulnerabilities new
cars have that hackers could potentially exploit.
According to BBC's
CARTECH's article, "Car-hacking gets real", these vulnerabilities are:
- USB ports
- Mobile networks
- Vehicle-to-vehicle technology (V2V)
- Vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G)
- Autonomous (self-driving) vehicles
- Internet connections
Is technology moving faster than lawmakers?
Despite the efforts of the Electronic Systems Safety Research Division,
there have already been wrinkles in the effort to sync legislation with
new car technology. As BBC's
CARTECH points out, the division has advised against the allowing self-driving
vehicles, but several states - California included - have already allowed them.
The challenge going forward will be making sure that lawmakers, car manufacturers,
and third-party technology developers continue to communicate, collaborate,
and create safeguards that keep consumer automobiles immune from malicious
hacking. The question is, with the breakneck pace at which technology
moves, can legislation really keep up? As
Rewrite's "Car Hacking Gets in Gear" reports, Ford's own data scientists estimate that new cars currently
produce and use about 25 GB worth of data––an impressive amount
that shows no signs of slowing down.
If you believe that your automobile's technology has been compromised
due to manufacturer negligence, it's important that you speak to a
dedicated California lemon law attorney.
Contact Norman Taylor & Associates today to discuss your situation!