Car Safety: Seatbelts, Automated Braking, Cyberprotection

The threat of regular people having their vehicles carjacked by cyberattackers is real.

Fact is, computer hackers on the other side of the world potentially could — while you’re driving — crash your navigation system, cut your brakes, disrupt your steering or remotely take control of the entire vehicle. Hackers do not need to be in close proximity; all they need is something as simple as internet connectivity. Cars have become heavily connected to the internet.

They are essentially computers on wheels.

That’s why automakers in Detroit, Mich., Germany, France, China and Japan are aggressively working to monitor technology protections in private cars, trucks and SUVs connected to the global internet to provide navigation assistance and so much more.