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NHTSA to create rules about cybersecurity in vehicles

During the winter, it is normal for drivers to be careful about driving during winter weather events. In these instances, road conditions will dictate how drivers are supposed to operate their vehicles. However, with more cars becoming dependent on computer systems, there is a growing concern that they can be infiltrated by hackers which can lead to accidents.

Last summer, Wired magazine highlighted a terrifying event where hackers took control of a Jeep Cherokee while the driver was in it, and took it off the road. With this in mind, it was only a matter of time before more vehicles could be hacked and shut down, leaving unwitting drivers subject to being in a crash. 

With that, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration met with automakers to discuss potential recalls to deal with cyber security issues. According to a recent USA article, nearly 15 automakers met with regulators to discuss the possibility of a voluntary agreement to safety procedures to deal with future issues.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of more new cars depending on computer systems to provide not only the driver with vital information about the car’s condition, but also automakers themselves. So if automakers cannot be informed of troubles with particular systems because of hackers’ actions, this is a problem that must be resolved before a consumer is seriously injured.

It remains to be seen how these conversations will translate into concrete regulations. But in the meantime, automakers must be vigilant about rectifying problems that put consumers in harm’s way. 

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