UK Government Requires Higher Security Measures for Self-Driving Cars

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This Sunday, new guidelines have been issued by the British government in which they require manufacturers of vehicles that are internet connected to have higher cyber protections in order to minimize the possibility of hackers attacking.

The government is concerned about the possibility of smart vehicles being a target for hackers who would gain access to personal data, steal cars without the key entry systems or take control of technology for malicious reasons.

According to the government, the new requested guidelines are also there to make sure that engineers design out cyber security threats at the same time as they develop new vehicles.

Martin Callanan, a minister in the Department for Transport, stated that it is very important for the vehicles that are being designed to be protected against cyber attacks whether they are being turned into wifi-connected hotspots or equipped with millions of lines of code to become fully automated.

He also added that the guidelines are there to give advice on what organizations should do, technical design and development considerations.

Included in these guidelines are those of making the system capable of handling being corrupt, invalid or malicious data and commands and allowing users to delete data from the vehicle’s system that might lead to their identification.

Manufacturers are required to plan ahead for how to maintain and support security during the vehicle’s lifetime, and the accountability for the security of the product should be kept at board level, as the government said.

In addition, the government told of their plans for new legislation governing insurance for self-driving cars.

The introduction of self-driving cars has been overshadowed by legal battles in many countries due to insurers and legislators trying to figure out who would be responsible in case an accident happened.

The government said that measures should be put before Parliament to make sure that modern vehicles will grant protection for their consumers in case there is a technological fail.