Driven to the point of no privacy
The July 23 front-page article “Hacks on the highway” correctly characterized the “Internet of Things” and the Internet world as “borderless, lawless” and “insecure.” The article quoted a Tufts University professor and computer science security researcher, Kathleen Fisher, as saying “Now that we know it’s going to happen, can’t we do something different?” Yes: Just say no to the race for connected cars. As justification, I rely on former Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis, who discussed “the right to be let alone” in 1890.
George F. Steeg, Potomac Falls
Consumers demand and deserve the confidence of knowing their vehicles are secure against outside threats. As automakers pursue connected-car and related crash-avoidance innovations that could save thousands of lives annually on U.S. roads, we recognize cybersecurity is a key element in building trust in these emerging technologies.
Auto companies are pioneering advanced products and systems to protect the integrity and safety of connected vehicles. The auto industry is launching an automotive information-sharing and analysis center to share secure and trusted intelligence related to potential cyberthreats. We are working with federal safety regulators, security officials and outside experts to ensure a consistent, effective and evolving approach to vehicle cybersecurity.
Without question, connected vehicles will save lives, improve efficiency and enhance convenience. Automakers are committed to minimizing downsides to these advances, and we are acting individually and in unison to keep motorists safe and secure today and tomorrow.
John Bozzella, Washington The writer is president and chief executive of Global Automakers, an automotive industry trade group.