Will a “14-year-old from Indonesia” one day be able to hack into self-driving cars? It might sound outlandish, but Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee asked on Wednesday.
Further underscoring the concern, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety administrator David Strickland says he has asked for $2 million for a new office dedicated to electronic issues. One of those issues? Ensuring that self-driving cars can’t be hacked and remotely controlled.
“NHTSA recognizes the challenge and the growing onboard potential for remotely compromising vehicle security through software and increased onboard communications services,” Strickland said. “With electronics systems assuming safety critical roles in nearly all vehicle controls, we are facing the need to develop general requirements.”
Strickland said there haven’t been any reported cases of this happening so far, but then again there aren’t many self-driving cars on the road today. Currently, Nevada, California and Florida are the only states that allow autonomous cars on public roads.
“If there’s a chance of it happening, we have to address it,” Strickland said.
[Source: The Detroit News]