A new tool has been developed by University of Michigan researcher and the Mcity robotic-car testing facility to determine how vulnerable self-driving cars are to hackers who might want to take control of a self-driving car or lock its systems for ransom.
The tool known as the Mcity Threat Identification Model, could also be used to examine the exposure extending to networks that will connect with autonomous vehicles, such as financial networks that process payments for tolls and parking, or road sensors for cameras and traffic signals.
“Today’s cars have already become computers on wheels and woefully little attention has been paid to ensuring their cybersercurity,” John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project director, said Thursday. “Too many manufacturers of robot cars hype the supposed benefits the vehicles might someday offer, without adequately addressing the security, public policy and ethical questions the vehicles raise.”
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