Last week, seven projects targeting the UK were presented development of tools to improve security (in cyberspace) on self-guided and generally on connected vehicles. The projects received a total of £ 1,2 million to support their research. The funding comes in part from the government and specifically from the Center for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).
CCAV Deputy Chief Catherine Lovell said the UK government wants to build roads with connected and self-driving cars that are safe and not at risk from cyberattacks.
"When we talk about safety," he said, "we have to keep in mind the new types of risks that have emerged." The cyberattacks are due to vulnerabilities and unreliability systems they are a part of security and a key priority for us. "
Many experts have said that cars are connected to Internet they present serious risks that we need to consider. Some of these risks are: remote hacking, vehicle control, driver monitoring etc. All of this can have devastating consequences.
Hackers can take control of a car and get it out of the way or tamper with the brakes and much more. Investigators have found that criminals do this by exploiting vulnerabilities in vehicle systems. Vulnerabilities can allow hackers to disable security features and give them access to driver information.
A recent study has shown that cybersecurity is the most important issue for the United Kingdom to tackle in the safe circulation of self-driving cars by 2030.
A few years ago, the UK government had asked car makers to place particular emphasis on cybersecurity. Security is about him mode of storage and transmission data as well as the creation of flexible systems that can respond appropriately in the event of a malfunction.
The above guidelines also apply to the current government strategy, which states that manufacturers are responsible for managing "data security" as well as "the risk of unauthorized access to data".
Therefore, companies already know the need for security. But is that enough to solve the problem?
"Ministers understand that this is an important issue," said one professor of wireless systems. “But we need more money. New ideas are constantly being introduced but there may be other vulnerabilities we don't know about. "
The professor emphasized the difficulty faced by UK researchers, saying that the financing is in the millions, while in the USA there are billions. He said, for example, that the senators had proposed funding $ 1,25 billion to enhance the security of 5G networks.
This does not mean that the United Kingdom is making no progress. Great job done. Recently, a three-year research project on connected vehicles has been completed and new ideas have been presented to improve future vehicles.
In a recent survey, 87% of UK drivers expressed concern about the possibility of something unforeseen for developers when designing autonomous cars.
The survey involved 20.000 drivers. The number may not be very large but it does indicate that there are many people who are not sure about the safety of autonomous cars. So it seems that security is not just about hacking. Preventing cyber threats and ensuring overall security is important but it is also necessary to convince people to adopt this technology.