MIT: Self-Driving Cars Might be More Hackable in the Future
If you think self-driving cars are suffering from hacking woes now, just wait for the future. Experts believe that our increasingly connected and autonomous cars will be more hackable than ever in the future.
According to MIT Technology Review, we are not even close to having unhackable vechicles, whether they're autonomous or have human drivers at the wheel. Stefan Savage, a computer science professor at the University of California, has been studying the problem and doesn't see automakers coming up with a solution.
Automakers and tech companies like Google are rushing to be the first to roll out autonomous technology. They're testing it to make sure it operates correctly and is safe, but they aren't including making things unhackable as a priority in their plans. Estimates that we could have autonomous cars on our roads in just five years are frightening to Savage. He and his colleagues say it's not just a matter of someone accessing information that may be sensitive, but of someone taking over you car. There's the possibility hackers could take control of a vehicle and override the driver. What's the solution? That's the scariest part. Since each vehicle uses code from multiple sources, it's nearly impossible to ensure any car is hack-free.