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British Government Sets New Standards for Connected Cars

British Government Sets New Standards for Connected Cars


As connected cars are gaining hype, cyber-criminals are scuffing up new techniques to hack this upcoming technology. Cyber security breach on autonomous technology can be life threatening. In a bid to prevent hacking, the British government has issued guidelines for car manufacturing companies on improving safety protocols. The frequent cyber-attacks on connected cars, including Tesla last month, has obligated British government to make such move.

When it comes to IoT device manufacturing, security is often considered as an afterthought. IoT device manufacturers, of all levels, should consider security as a primary factor. Otherwise, we will see an infected world instead of a connected world in the days to come.

Same is the case with autonomous technology/ connected cars. The British government is concerned about hackers gaining access to travel information, altering the passenger safety system, or even taking control of the vehicle.

Connecting your vehicle to a Wi-Fi hotspot or equipping them with millions of codes to make them fully automatic is useless unless you integrate a robust security system. Simply put, the connected vehicle should be protected against any form of cyber-attacks.

Martin Callanan, a minister in the Department for Transport states “Our key principles give advice on what organizations should do, from the board level down, as well as technical design and development considerations.”

Simply put, the technology that empowers connected cars must be able to withstand cyber threats at any level.

Guidelines for Connected Car Manufacturers

  • Automatic software updates feature must be installed in connected cars to ensure they receive the latest security patches. However, even if a single car is compromised, the manufacturer must take the full responsibility.
  • The question over responsibility for self-driving vehicles and how they will be insured has been a major topic of concern. The guideline ensures that the government will be releasing legislation clarifying its position.
  • Manual mode must be featured in every vehicle. If the autonomous system fails, the user should be able to switch between the systems with ease.
  • Manufacturing companies must design systems with the defense-in-depth approach and segmented techniques. And complementary features such as monitoring, alerting, and segregation are now mandatory.
  • Remote backend system such as cloud servers must pass the security checks to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Training programs should be implemented to embed a ‘culture of security’ and ensure individuals understand their role and responsibility in ITS/CAV system security.
  • Trouble shooting features must be installed to prevent sudden system failures.

Undoubtedly, the British government has set new standards for connected car manufacturers. And, if the guidelines are implemented the streets of the UK will be much safer for connected vehicles.