Vehicle Updates

4 05 2017

Dale BertramThe state of autonomous vehicles and the cybersecurity of connected cars is constantly changing, so I sometimes hesitate to report on the latest and greatest for fear it will be “old news” by the time it is published…but since some of you have been asking…here goes!

  • A company called NuTonomy is testing these vehicles in Boston even though Uber had a crash of its autonomous vehicle in Arizona in March.
  • Legislation has been reintroduced recently dealing with improved cybersecurity for cars (and airplanes). Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal’s proposal hopes to create cybersecurity and privacy standards for today’s connected vehicles, as well as a rating system for cars. Rep. Ted Lieu hopes to prevent attacks on connected cars with his introduction of the Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act.
  • Intel Corp., wants to dominate technology for self-driving cars with plans to purchase Mobileye NV.
  • Tony Aquila of Solera Holdings is deeply concerned about vehicle owners’ privacy. If not properly protected, the detailed data from technology (including brake sensors) could be used in ways that would not benefit vehicle owners.

Some states are moving ahead with their own rules and regulations hoping that the federal government will start moving forward on such quickly.  The biggest holdup may be the old “who is liable” if things go wrong.

The change is coming… we just don’t know how quickly…


Majority Think Car Hacking Will Be An Issue!

13 08 2015

Dale BertramKelley Blue Book recently did a survey and 80 percent of consumers think car hacking will not only be a problem we will have to deal with in the near future…they think it will be a frequent problem!  They also feel there will never be a permanent solution to this issue. The Jeep Cherokee that was recently hacked raised consumer awareness to an all-time high.

Cybersecurity is such a new area for us all and when we see the federal workers at our nation’s capital were recently vulnerable, it doesn’t do much for our confidence in our own protection.  Almost daily we hear in the news that a large block of consumers or businesses have been hacked…leaving so many vulnerable to having their sensitive information taken over by unscrupulous people.  Now, in future, we will need to worry about our cars getting hacked.

You may have had your credit or debit card hacked or even your medical records.  Whenever I read about systems that you can purchase to help in these areas, to date they say they mostly guide you in “fixing” the problem but they can’t really prevent it.  That is not reassuring. What is that old saying, “It is like closing the barn door after the horses have got out?”

Here is the findings of Kelley Blue Book’s survey:

  • 72 percent had heard about the Jeep Cherokee hacking incident.
  • 41 percent will keep this incident in mind when searching for their next vehicle.
  • 78 percent feel vehicle hacking will be a frequent issue in three years or less.
  • 33 percent feel it is a serious problem, 35 percent feel it is a moderate problem.
  • 58 percent do not think we will ever have a permanent solution to hacking.
  • 41 percent think “pranking” will be the most common reason to hack. 37 percent feel theft will be the most common reason to hack a vehicle.

Who should be the responsible party when it comes to vehicle hacking:

  • The majority (81%) feel the manufacturer should secure a vehicle from hacking and have a “security patch” installed in-person at a dealership.
  • 52 percent say they would pay for a monthly subscription to ensure their vehicle is safe from hackers.

What do you think?  Who do you think should be responsible?  The manufacturer, the software provider or the consumer who owns the vehicle?  Should there be a “patch” in the future to fix the issue, would you prefer to go to the dealership to have it installed or do it online?  If you feel a monthly subscription fee is in order, how much to you think it should cost?  Do you feel like those that took the survey who thought $8.00 per month was a fair price?

Whatever way this turns out a solution is needed and needed quickly.


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