Car makers Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan are all set to form a consortium that will aim to fight cyber attacks on Connected Cars. And companies like Microsoft Japan, Trend Micro, NTT Communications, Sompo Japan Insurance and few other manufacturers like Panasonic and Denso are all set to join the campaign.
According to an Asian news resource, Nikkei Asia, the aim of the consortium will be to prevent hackers from hijacking autonomous vehicles and preventing theft of data.
In coming days, as the trend of using self-driving cars will pick up, OEMs should come up with cybersecurity measures that help protect the passengers from tragedies arising from a digital takeover of cars.
That’s because the engine, motors and brakes in self driving cars will be electronically controlled in a connected car that can be managed remotely. And if the software exhibits any vulnerability, the cyber crooks can intercept a car by exploiting its functionalities.
Thus, companies have to see that their autonomous vehicles will be free from all kinds of software security flaws that hackers could exploit.
Already, the UN Economic Commission for Europe has adopted guidelines that make it mandatory for car makers to follow certain parameters while manufacturing connected cars. And in Japan, the government has made it mandatory for the car producers to follow UN guidelines as the country produced products occupy over 21% market share across Europe.
From August 2022, all new model wirelessly connected cars that are driven across Japan shall not be permitted to be driven, unless they meet all the UN guidelines.