The UK government has issued new guidelines to ensure improved protection for internet-connected cars against cyberattacks.
The new regulations stipulate that engineers developing smart vehicles will have to toughen up cyber protections for smart vehicles.
As smart vehicles are increasingly becoming the norm on British roads, the government has rolled out the new guidance.
The government is also considering at a broader programme of work announced in the Queen’s speech this year, under the landmark Autonomous and Electric Vehicles.
The programme is aimed at creating a new framework for self-driving vehicle insurance.
UK Transport Minister Lord Callanan said: “Our cars are becoming smarter and self-driving technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel. Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected.
“Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it is important that they are protected against cyber-attacks.”
The legislation is designed to put Britain at the centre of the new technological developments in smart and autonomous vehicles.
As part of their development work, manufacturers of smart vehicles are required to design out cyber security threats under the new guidance.
The new principles have been created by the Department for Transport, in conjunction with Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).
One of the principles states that an organisation should ensure presence of a security program which aligns with its broader mission and objectives.
According to the new guidance, organisations should collaborate and engage with appropriate third parties to improve threat awareness and appropriate response planning.
They should also plan for how to maintain security over the lifetime of their systems.
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive Mike Hawes said: “We’re pleased that government is taking action now to ensure a seamless transition to fully connected and autonomous cars in the future and, given this shift will take place globally, that it is championing cyber security and shared best practice at an international level.
“These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives.”