Volkswagen has turned to the former head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency to help develop cyber security systems for connected cars and self-driving vehicles.
The move is part of an industry-wide drive to protect cars from hackers as cars increasingly become internet-enabled.
Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electrical and electronic development at Volkswagen, said: “To enable us to tackle the enormous challenges of the next decade, we need to expand our know-how in cyber security in order to systematically advance vehicle cyber security for our customers.”
Vehicle hacking hit the headlines last year when two computer experts were able to use a laptop to over-ride the brakes on a passing Jeep Cherokee, which prompted a recall of 1.4 million vehicles.
This year, Fiat Chrysler launched a ‘big bounty’ program aimed at giving hackers between $150 and $1,500 every time they alert the company to potential cyber-security flaws in its vehicles.
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