Connected cars: Are tomorrow's...
The Internet of Things (IoT) aims to enhance the way we engage with devices around the home and we are now beginning to see the growth of this technology reach our driveways. Specifically, our automobiles. According to IHS Automotive, within five years there will be 152 million vehicles connected to the Internet via mobile apps that are now available with some car models. These apps can control your vehicle?s climate systems to providing Wi-Fi ?hotspots? for mobile Internet access within the vehicle.
However, the growth of connected cars has raised some concern. Following the hacking trend directed at IoT devices in the household, the question is being asked: How safe is the public from hacked automobiles?
Imagine this scenario: you're driving along a busy highway when without warning, your car?s brakes or steering wheel locks up. Or, you slow down as you approach a traffic light and your vehicle starts accelerating. Is this possible? If so, would this affect the car industry with determining culpability? Furthermore, what does this mean for public safety?
cars: Are tomorrow's drivers at risk?