Self-Driving Cars & Cybersecurity: Will They Be Safe Enough?

Consumers and politicians alike have been watching advancements in autonomous vehicles with bated breath. With cutting-edge technology like blockchain advancements and AI finding its way into vehicles at a rapid pace, safety concerns are at the forefront of public discourse.

This is exacerbated by news coverage. Back in 2015, Wired correspondent Andy Greenberg got into a Jeep Cherokee, ready to go on a drive as part of an experiment to see how cybersecurity risks could put drivers in physical danger. In the few minutes that followed, the vehicle was hacked and remotely controlled by the hackers. As stated in an article on CPO Magazine, the hackers used the car’s infotainment system to gain access to its controls. The experiment went viral and resulted in a recall of 1.4 million vehicles due to the exposure of this flaw.

Hacking into a car to gain remote access isn’t a new threat. After all, this phenomenon has been the plot of countless crime and legal television shows. With the advent of self-driving cars, this technological threat is compounded even further. The CPO Magazine article states, “If a vehicle can be overridden through its infotainment system, the same scenario is equally–or even more–possible for autonomous vehicles. …

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