Cyber-security is a priority for connected cars

September 16, 2016

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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