British Government Sets Rigorous and Stricter Guidelines to Shield Smart Cars against Hackers

British Government Sets Rigorous and Stricter Guidelines to Shield Smart Cars against Hackers

Government of the United Kingdom issued new and tougher guidelines on August 6, 2017, instructing producers of web-connected vehicles or cars to execute rigorous and stern cyber protection measures to ensure they are safeguarded from hackers. The UK government officials said they received information that smart cars and vehicles, which enable the drivers to undertake tasks like accessing travel and map information, were at high risk of getting targeted by internet hackers to gain access to personal information, rob cars that have keyless entry system, or overpower technology for various malicious reasons.

The new rules will also make sure that automobile engineers find ways to design and determine cyber security risks while they are in the process of developing new vehicles, the UK government stated. In a statement given to the reporters, a minister from the transport department in UK, Martin Callanan said, “Whether we equip vehicles with several lines of codes to make it completely automated or turn the vehicles into efficient Wi-Fi-connected hotspots, it is essential that the vehicles are secured against any kind of cyber-attacks.”

He added that their significant principles offer advice and suggestions about what is to be done by the organization, from the board level, including technical development and design considerations. The newly introduced guidelines enable the systems to endure incoming invalid, malicious, or corrupt commands or data, and allows users to delete or permanently remove personally identifiable information stored on any vehicle system. The government stated that vehicle producers and designers should make plans to figure out how they can support and maintain security throughout the vehicle’s life span. They mentioned that a personal responsibility for vehicle security must be organized and handled at a broader level. In Addition, the government also stated that it is planning a new legislation to govern insurance for all self-driving cars.

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