or how we stopped l oving icars a nd le arned to worry about ‘the future’
So, the future of motoring is bright and connected – what possible down sides could there be? Well, there are one or two potential horror stories. For starters, any device that’s connected to the web can, of course, be hacked. Having your PC or smartphone’s security breached might be hazardous to your financial health, but a hacker taking control of your connected car with self-driving capability is even more of a risk.
Thankfully, the big car brands are well aware of this. Craig Daith, connected tech expert at Ford, explains: “We build in firewalls and application whitelists to separate vehicle control systems from infotainment functionality and connectivity. Cryptography is also used to restrict unwanted updates to multimedia software or access to potentially sensitive info.”
Then there’s the broader, GCHQ-fuelled worry of being tracked. Car insurance apps already allow you to opt in to firms following your driving, but this may become mandatory. Insurance companies could demand to monitor your road skills so they can provide, or refuse, cover based on actual evidence. Could that be a loss of control too far? And who is liable if you crash in driverless mode – you, the car firm or the software company? Hmm.