With More Tech Comes More Hacking Risk for Smart Cars

Connecting vehicles to one another and the world around them poses a substantial cyber security hurdle that automakers must overcome.

Automakers and suppliers are making progress in protecting vehicles from cyberattacks, but the car-hacking threat is still real and could get increasingly serious in the future when driverless vehicles begin talking to each other. A worst-case scenario would be hackers infiltrating a vehicle through a minor device, such as an infotainment system, then wreaking havoc by taking control of the vehicle's door locks, brakes, engine or even semi-autonomous driving features. 

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