Is the new technologies makes cars more vulnerable?
In 10 years, the automotive industry as we know it will change. Driven by new technology, experts predict everything from the car-buying experience to the features drivers can access will shift.
Modern vehicles are very smart. They can recognize that they are crashing faster than you can and prepare for the impact before you have time to think.
Today, new technologies in automobiles have created new experiences of driving in different aspect. There is no doubt that new technologies used in cars has increased the quality of our driving experiences. In the past few years, the growth of various technologies in the automotive industry , improved the safety of cars and created new values in the field of modern vehicles , But new technologies are vulnerable and it make us worried about our vehicles.
Many newer vehicles are equipped with multiple sensors and Electronic Control Units (ECU), essentially an array of small computers that are connected to each other via a network, that are involved in a variety of vehicle functions.
The standard one people are most familiar with is the on-board diagnostic computer that mechanics use to diagnose problems. Automakers have also added an assortment of driver assistance technologies, such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and other features to make cars safer and smarter.
ECUs can control safety-critical systems like braking, along with navigation systems, location services, fleet management systems, and entertainment and communication systems. Within the vehicle, the ECUs work together to keep these functions humming along, mostly without the driver even realizing it.
Breakdown alerts Vulnerable to Hackers
Many of the latest attacks seek to get at a car remotely via the communication systems now sported by many modern vehicles, explains Mr Davis. “The reason this has become much more of a high-profile, ongoing issue is because of the way things are going in the car industry and the whole idea of the connected car.” In Europe and the US there are moves to set up so-called eCall systems that automatically contact emergency services when a vehicle has been involved in a serious accident.
Securing the future
Last year, two senators introduced legislation that would require carmakers to meet specific standards of protection against digital attacks. Such a move would require the National Highway Safety and Transportation Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to develop new standards for car manufacturers to meet. Although the measure has failed to gain sufficient traction, it shows that the mindset toward how to protect drivers is shifting. “The fact that cars are getting more and more sophisticated is making them both more and less safe,” says Scott Donnelly, senior intelligence analyst at Recorded Future. “On the one hand, it will be easier to monitor your car when it is connected, but on the other hand, you will be able to connect and potentially do more harm remotely.” The key, he says, lies in the automakers’ ability to develop a well-planned security architecture and motorists knowing in advance how manufacturers will manage security upgrades through the car’s lifetime. Automakers will also need to become more vigilant about observing the tactics and techniques hackers use and monitor how they change.