Driving an Extension of the Connected World

March 29, 2016

Years ago it may have seemed like science fiction, but today it is a reality. Cars are as connected as people and in fact, millions of cars with tens of millions of lines of code are already on the road talking to servers. Very soon, these “intelligent” automobiles will also be talking to each other. Driven by the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), connected technologies and services are in ever-growing demand – and that includes the technology that takes us from Point A to Point B.

The automotive industry is driving the rapid adoption of connected services, so to speak, across multiple product lines. Even government-funded programs are participating in this trend. Programs are being developed that are facilitating these advances. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems in 2014. Officials say the technology will improve safety by allowing vehicles to “talk” to each other and share data, such as speed and position, which would help reduce accidents.

"Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the life-saving achievements we've already seen with safety belts and air bags," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. "By helping drivers avoid crashes, (V2V) technology will play a key role in improving the way people get where they need to go while ensuring that the U.S. remains the leader in the global automotive industry."

V2V communications occur when data is wirelessly transmitted between nearby vehicles. V2V enables vehicles to sense hazards, issue warnings and if necessary, stop the vehicle. The U.S. DOT predicts V2V will prevent 76 percent of the crashes on the roadway, saving 10,000 lives per year.

Sounds good, right? But look more closely. There are inherent risks associated with the world of connected cars. Will vehicle data be tracked? Will hackers be able to gain control of a vehicle? This level of advanced connectivity carries significant risks that must be addressed before these communications modules and networks become even bigger. Cybersecurity leaders must address the balance between security and convenience. Steps need to be taken to ensure connections, networks and transferred data is secure. Only then, can consumers realize the benefits of these connected services.

During this year’s Connected Security Expo@ISC West, Security Innovations CEO Ed Adams will take a closer look at the risks and challenges associated with the world of the connected car. During his presentation, being held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, Adams will address common concerns and questions about V2V including privacy concerns, network control, cyber threats and more. We hope you will join us for this important and thought provoking session.

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