UM-Dearborn cybersecurity expert talks about securing driverless vehicles

Out of all the challenges facing developers of driverless cars, cybersecurity threats offer up some of the most pulse-quickening plotlines.

The idea of someone hacking your vehicle, especially in a way that compromises its safety, is unequivocally terrifying. Examples are no longer purely hypothetical either. Back in 2015, two hackers remotely compromised a nonautonomous Jeep Cherokee while it was traveling down a St. Louis freeway at 70 m.p.h. They started by fiddling with the climate control, then began switching the radio station, then, for style points, appeared on the car’s video dash display.