NHTSA on Vehicle Cybersecurity

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about their vehicle cybersecurity efforts. Although, we don’t have self-driving cars yet, technological advances in the automotive industry mean that cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important topic. Research on vehicle-to-vehicle communications is already being conducted, and many automobiles already have advanced computer technology. The NHTSA is trying to stay ahead of the security game, as more and more technology hits the market. While cyber crimes like identity theft and fraud are pretty scary, imagine if somebody could hack into your car’s computer system.

Eliminating Driver Error

According to the NHTSA, 32,719 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2013. They estimate that 94 percent of all highway crashes are a result of human error. This means that nearly all U.S. traffic crashes are totally preventable. Newly emerging technology like vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems could help to reduce injury causing and fatal crashes each year. Additionally, forward-collision warning systems and automatic-emergency braking systems could also drastically reduce wrecks due to driver inattention or other driver errors.

Research and Development

The NHTSA isn’t working alone on vehicle cybersecurity either. They’re working with leaders in the automotive industry, tech industry and safety industry. Their research is divided into electronics reliability and functional safety, automotive cybersecurity and automated vehicles. They’re hoping that simultaneous research and development of advanced automotive technology and cybersecurity will help them stay ahead of the game.

Hacking Detection and Prevention

Since vehicles with Wi-Fi, USB ports, infotainment and OBD-11 ports could potentially be vulnerable to hacking, the NHTSA is also dedicating a considerable amount of research to protective and preventative measures. Vehicles will be outfitted with hardware and software, so they’re developing solutions to lower the likelihood of a successful hack and diminishing the potential impact of a successful hack.

Car Accidents in San Diego

Since the NHTSA is still in research and developmental stages for many of these advanced vehicle technologies, we still have to cope with the fact that 94 percent of all car accidents are due to driver error.

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