Self-Driving Cars And Cybersecurity

Currently, the vehicle used on our road evolve on daily bases. Notably, the cars utilize wireless technology such as Bluetooth connected to a computer. Nowadays, every electronic fuel injection vehicles have an integrated in-built computer that controls the car and even diagnoses vehicle mechanical failures. According to experts, the modern advancement of technology in engineering has led to the development of vehicles that are self-driven. However, it is appropriate to contend that it will take time to perfect the self-driven technology.

Working Principle

First, it is appropriate to note that self- driven vehicles are driverless automobiles that can navigate the road automatically and discern traffic controls without actively involving the driver. The car usually, utilizes highly sophisticated sensors, actuation systems, and microprocessor integrated together by the high-level programming language. The car behaves like ordinary vehicles and even exhibit vehicle mechanical failures. The only distinguishing feature is that one can control the car remotely from a personal computer. When a command is punched into a computer, the signal is transmitted wirelessly to the sensor, converted to physical stimuli, and then actuated to a motion. According to experts, the vehicles will tremendously reduce road accident when they will be fully implemented.

Cybernetic Concern

Self-Driving Cars And Cybersecurity

Dave Abels says that automobile manufacturers are required by law to produce safe cars for the consumer to purchase. Nowadays, however, cyber terrorism is the new wave of terror in the contemporary society. Looking at self-driven vehicles, an operator can control the vehicle from the comfort of is home using a computer. Currently with the existence of malicious computer experts known as hackers, one can remotely take over these vehicles to cause damage or initiate vehicle mechanical failures. For instance, in 2010 an individual in Austin disabled the ignition of over 100 autonomous vehicles by hacking into the manufactures computer systems. Additionally, in 2015, a group of cyber security researchers demonstrated the how risky the cars were exposed by remotely inducing mechanical failures by paralyzing the car’s network while it was on the road.

The self-driven vehicle industry has shown tremendous improvement in addressing cyber security. Currently, manufacturers are employing high-security encryptions and firewalls to stop hackers from interfering with the car and causing vehicle mechanical failures. However, lack of enforceable policies and standards pose significant risk regarding how the transgressor will be handled. Politicians are currently propelling a bill, which will provide appropriate guidelines on the safety of these autonomous vehicles. Once this is done, the world can then embrace the new technology comfortably.

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