Cyber security challenges need to be addressed by government when it comes to driverless cars, says KPMG

Cyber security challenges need to be addressed

Wil Rockall, director in KPMG’s cyber security practice, welcomes the suggestion that the government should appoint a minister to oversee the introduction of new automotive technologies, including driverless cars

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Wil Rockall, director in KPMG’s cyber security practice, welcomes the suggestion that the government should appoint a minister to oversee the introduction of new automotive technologies, including driverless cars. He said:

“Any effort to help the UK capitalise on the opportunity driverless cars will bring is a step in the right direction.

“We hope that any government efforts around increasing the uptake of connected cars also considers the risks, safety and privacy of all road users that weak cyber security could bring so that entire market is also able to benefit.

“As the connected cars progresses, the use of technology to facilitate and cover up crime inevitable will go up. The technology is being developed now, so it's something that has to be thought about now. It would be a disaster if in 10 years’ time we look back and think: ‘we should have thought about that’.”

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