Future MOT Tests May Include Cars To Be Tested For Cyber Security To Prevent Hacks

MOT tests may soon introduce the clause when driverless cars hit the road to ensure safety and quality standards are maintained for road users. The new safety standard known as CAV PASS, will help minimise defects ahead of testing and wider deployment of autonomous cars on UK roads. The new measures will first focus on enabling trialling for self driving vehicles but the aim is to asssure security for cars when they are finally sold to the public. The scheme is part of an ongoing project to build the first code of practice for automated vehicle trials so scientists can build the cars of the future.


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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
June 03, 2020
This is arguably just as important as checking the physical roadworthiness of a vehicle.
New cars are like computers on wheels, so it makes sense to put in place security and safety checks of the underlying technology. This is arguably just as important as checking the physical roadworthiness of a vehicle. While these proposed checks will be limited in what they can offer, at least they can ensure that the latest patches are installed and there aren't any underlying issues. However, i ....
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Boris Cipot, Senior Sales Engineer ,  Synopsys
June 03, 2020
It also allows for the identification of any missteps, and to adapt, evolve and mature the technology to its best and, in this case, safest version.
The introduction of a standard such as this can help in providing the needed oversight, stability as well as transparency when it comes to creating processes and protocols during product development. It also allows for the identification of any missteps, and to adapt, evolve and mature the technology to its best and, in this case, safest version. This is an important step when talking about a tech ....
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Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
June 03, 2020
Once driverless cars have become standard, they will come with additional potential dangers, such as remote take over if hacked.
Being possibly the second most expensive item you own after your home, it is absolutely vital that your car security is up to scratch. However, car manufacturers have a history of cutting corners, and cars remain vulnerable to theft. Once driverless cars have become standard, they will come with additional potential dangers, such as remote take over if hacked. Keyless entry has been a problem f ....
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Hugo Van den Toorn, Manager, Offensive Security ,  Outpost24
June 02, 2020
Keep in mind though, that even though there is a standard for testing these vehicles, no vehicle will ever be ‘hacker proof’.
This is a great development for the automotive industry, an industry known for its ever-growing array of industry standards and technologies. Having a standard that includes testing the security as part of the overall safety of vehicles is a great way forward. Not just for autonomous vehicles but even for non-autonomous cars being produced today, which are becoming increasingly connected and ‘sm ....
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