Government issues connected car guidelines in a bid to combat threats from hackers

Manufacturers told to better protect internet-connected cars from hackers

Government issues connected car guidelines in a bid to combat threats from hackers
Connected cars are increasingly becoming the norm on British roads – allowing drivers to access maps, travel information and new digital radio services from the driving seat.

A new generation of connected cars will have to be better protected from hackers, under tough new government guidance.

Engineers developing smart vehicles will now have to toughen up cyber protections and help design out hacking.

The government is also looking at a broader programme of work announced in this year’s Queen’s speech under the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Bill that aims to create a new framework for self-driving vehicle insurance.

The government hopes the legislation will put Britain at the centre of the new technological developments in smart and autonomous vehicles.


Transport Minister, Lord Callanan said: “Our cars are becoming smarter and self-driving technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel.

“Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it is important that they are protected against cyber-attacks.”

Chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes said: “We’re pleased that government is taking action now to ensure a seamless transition to fully connected and autonomous cars in the future and, given this shift will take place globally, that it is championing cyber security and shared best practice at an international level.

“These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives.”

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  1. I had assumed that cyber security and its ongoing management would have been minimum best practice standards required of all car manufacturers. This release suggests it might be something they are only now coming to terms with. Keeping this simple for starters, when I use Bluetooth and my mobile data is involved, can I be sure this can’t be seen or hacked by others? If it is, what damages can I claim? And why would I want my new car to be (advertised/known as) a wifi hotspot by others Vauxhall? More reassurance needed here asap please.


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