The “connected” car – as in, connected to the Internet – is now mainstream. Ads for modern vehicles are filled with aggressive promotion of features that require connections to the online world – lane assist, GPS, collision avoidance, automatic calls to 911 if there is a collision.
They are also rich in physical safety features – seatbelts, airbags, antilock brakes and more.
But a report out this week by the Ponemon Institute titled “Securing the Connected Car: A Study of Automotive Industry Cybersecurity Practices,”found that they are not so rich in software security. When it comes to what is needed for safe operation in an online world, those vehicles are not yet ready for prime time.