As vehicles get smarter, cyber security in the automotive industry is becoming an increasing concern. Whether we’re turning cars into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to create fully autonomous vehicles, cars are more vulnerable than ever to hacking and data theft.

The British government today issued a new set of guidelines designed to encourage automakers to make vehicles’ cyber security a priority.

UK Transport Minister Lord Callanan says that as autonomous and connected vehicles are increasingly used on British roadways, minimum protections should be established to protect consumers from cyber attacks, whether it’s controlling personal data, or taking control of the vehicle remotely. The goal is to provide “all parties involved in the manufacturing and supply chain … with a consistent set of guidelines.”

The legislative direction, titled “The key principle of vehicle digital security for connected and automated vehicles,” comprises of eight essential mentioned principles. Manufacturers ought to guarantee that security as a top priority, makers should assess potential risks, particularly in the case of third party contractors. Vehicle security needs to keep going for the lifetime of the system being referred to. Companies and subcontractors must cooperate to ensure their security procedures, security systems should be made repetitive. The manufacturers should oversee software over the estimated life of the system, data storage should be secure, and the vehicle or systems should be able to withstand attacks and continue to function.

Car manufacturers should be putting a more prominent accentuation on guaranteeing that the systems in their vehicles are secure and that customers won’t be left hanging since they possess an old modeled vehicle. Motivating companies to consent with legislative principles isn’t precisely an insignificant concern either, as self-driving auto creators in the US haven’t exactly been forthcoming when it comes to getting onboard with potential federal guidelines.

This isn’t the only concern in which the UK Government is attempting to address smart vehicles. During her speech opening Parliament in June, the Queen announced the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles bill, which will “allow innovation to flourish and ensure the next wave of self-driving technology is invented, designed and operated safely in the UK”.

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