Today's cyber-physical threats disrupt automotive operating models
Modern vehicles are marvels of innovation. Even today's most popular models are chock full of technology and connectivity. The increasing complexity of this vehicle technology has countless benefits, but at the same time, it creates a real risk of cyber attack - not just to an individual car, but to an entire fleet.
Modern vehicles are marvels of innovation. Even today’s most popular models are chock full of technology and connectivity. The average car contains more than 150 million lines of code, plus multiple individual computers and a vast number of wireless connections to internal and external communication channels.
It can stream music, send texts, offer real-time traffic information and personalized roadside assistance, detect nearby activity through sensors, and even drive autonomously in controlled situations. This immense amount of on-vehicle technology has created automobiles that have more lines of code than a 2016 Ford F-150, an F-35 fighter, and a Boeing 787.
Moreover, vehicles and their users are data hungry. By the end of 2017, North American users will consume an average of 6.9 gigabytes each month. Five years from now, that number is expected to more than triple. When you couple these figures with the rollout of 5G by the cell carriers in all major metropolitan areas—which will enable the data speeds necessary for additional vehicle innovation and autonomy—it is clear that the
“Internet of Cars” (IoC) is already here.
The increasing complexity of vehicle technology has countless benefits, but at the same time, it creates a real risk of cyber attack—a risk we fear many companies in the automotive industry may be underestimating.
Vehicle hacking incidents have been well-documented over the past several years, drawing attention to the issue within the industry. According to the KPMG 2017 U.S. CEO Outlook Survey, 85 percent of automotive executives say their organizations will increase cyber security spending in the next three years, and 56 percent expect “significant investments”—more than all other industries surveyed.
Many manufacturers have made huge strides in addressing cyber security issues within their vehicles, taking various approaches to the challenge even as the threat landscape continues to evolve and solutions continue to emerge and mature.
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