More Regulation Needed for Internet Connected Cars
by Henry Floyd |
posted 17 August 2017
The Institute of the Motor Industry or IMI have warmly welcomed the government guidelines to reduce the hacking risk of internet-connected cars. But it has raised the issue that the technicians that work on the vehicles should be qualified and regulated to carry out repairs.
Research conducted by IMI earlier this year suggested that many drivers and passengers are unaware of the security risks of today’s connected vehicles. So, the recent announcement by Lord Callanan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Transport is a real step in the right direction.
The new guidelines for manufacturers of internet-connected cars are being put in place to protect motorists from cyber hackers. However, a key factor in ensuring the security of automotive data is knowing that the technicians working on a vehicle are properly qualified and adhere to a professional standard.
“Computer diagnostics, vehicle programming and software updates are commonplace in the motor industry today,” said Steve Nash FIMI, Chief Executive at the IMI. “However, with the sector currently unregulated and no national standards in place it’s not always possible to track the people who may have access to our personal information.”
IMI are working hard to get the government to address this area as well as creating systems at the manufacturing stage, so that motorists have confidence that they are not at risk. They want an equal focus on the people who work on these vehicles too.
In a study commissioned by the IMI in 2016, Professor Jim Saker at Loughborough University, said: “Vehicle technicians have access to all of the cars operating systems and data communication portals. Under the current regulatory arrangements, there is no registration of technicians, no security checks and no tests of competence.” IMI is the professional association for individuals working in the motor industry, and the authoritative voice of the sector.