Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven't done their part to protect us from cyber-attacks or privacy invasions. Even as we are more connected than ever in our cars and trucks, our technology systems and data security remain largely unprotected.He called up on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) "to promulgate new standards that will protect the data, security and privacy of drivers in the modern age of increasingly connected vehicles." These standards, should:
- Ensure that vehicles with wireless access points and data-collecting features are protected against hacking events and security breaches.
- Validate security systems using penetration testing.
- Include measures to respond in real-time to hacking events.
- Require that drivers are made explicitly aware of data collection, transmission, and use.
- Ensure that drivers are given the option to opt out of data collection and transfer of driver information to off-board storage.