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In-vehicle technology is a tempting target for hackers.
In-vehicle technology is a tempting target for hackers.
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INTELLIGENT VEHICLES Cybersecurity in cars - These are the market leaders

Author / Editor: Seth Lambert / Nicole Kareta

Increasingly, cars are incorporating more and more advanced technology, such as self-driving and other intelligent capabilities. Such functionality can not only be beneficial; it also has the potential to cause great harm if misused. Automotive cybersecurity has thus become a top priority for carmakers. Here are some of the leaders of this nascent field.

Some experts have estimated that more than 90 % of all automobiles sold today can connect to the Internet. By 2023, there may be as many as 775 million consumer vehicles that use connected telematics systems and/or in-vehicle apps. Many of these systems and apps will permit remote control of at least some vehicle functions.

Additionally, fully autonomous vehicles (AVs) will at some point soon be driving on public roads. A high proportion of cars sold today possess AV functionality to some extent; many have adaptive cruise control (ACC), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and/or other sophisticated features, such as assisted parking. Most of us have read about cars that will eventually take over all the duties of driving, from navigating a journey’s most efficient route to dodging other drivers making illegal turns and pedestrians who suddenly run into the street. But along with those advantageous features that benefit us comes the capability for these AVs and other vehicles to do great harm if they’re brought under unauthorized control.