or how we stopped l ov­ing icars a nd le arned to worry about ‘the fu­ture’

Australian T3 - - TECHMOBILES -

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.

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