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Wireless technology in our vehicles is here: are we ready?

Wireless technology in our vehicles is here: are we ready?

It’s not surprising that as technology evolves, the technology within consumer vehicles is evolving as well. What hasn’t evolved at the same rate, however, are the countermeasures needed to prevent car owners from falling victim to attacks on this new technology.  Our cars have basically transitioned into a rolling data center and need to be protected as such.

This video from CBS’ 60 Minutes illustrates the potential of what a hacker has the capability of doing if he/she gained control of a personal vehicle. As you can see, a person’s life could be at stake when their vehicle is overtaken.

What is the auto industry doing about this? And how will you, as a parts manager, be affected by this surge of new technology into our industry?

That remains to be seen.

Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) has released the findings of a study of 16 OEMs and the security measures they have in place for protecting their customers against hackers. Only 2 of the 16 can handle an infiltration in real-time.  He urges that standards must be established to protect vehicle owners. According to an article in the Detroit News, the Society of Automotive Engineers has created a Vehicle Electrical System Security Committee to draft standards that help ensure electronic control system safety.

Learn more here.

Apple getting in the game?

On a related note, technology giants Apple and Google have taken interest in developing tech for vehicles.  Google has already begun testing driverless cars and according to Tech Times, Apple will have an electric car on the road in a five-year timeframe. There has been much speculation about the tech giant’s recent activity in the automotive space, including a hiring spree of engineers with expertise in auto batteries. The company has also filed several patents around these batteries, which industry experts including Reuters say indicates an intention to ramp up with production of a vehicle.

As a company that is constantly in the forefront of innovation, it will be interesting to see what Apple has up its sleeve. What is your OEM doing to prepare for this? Will they be ready to either compete or integrate with the Apple technology?

For more information on Apple’s activity in the automotive space, check out this article fromAutomotive News.


*Note: Kathy Jambor also contributed to this article.

By: Michael Woolard | February 25th, 2015

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