NEW DELHI: EY India on Monday launched a report that questions the safety of the connected features that are being adopted by the cars in the new BS6 era.
The report titled ‘The car is connected now! But are we safe?’ draws out the relevance of connected cars in the next few years with wide-scale adoption where connectivity features will help owners locate nearby charging stations, improve in-car experience and perform over-the-air (OTA) updates and vehicle diagnostics, undertake preventive maintenance and access telematics data among other features.
The report also states that an increase in vehicle legislation and industry compliances will also increase the adoption of connected features. Current and future mandates such as GPS tracking, SOS services, dash camera and telematics-based insurance will drive the growth of embedded form of connected car solutions.
“By investing in the next wave of state-of-the-art connected technology, OEMs have an opportunity to strengthen their customer value proposition and meet some of the ever-changing buyer preferences. Additionally, with the cost of deploying some of these solutions becoming more viable, it forces OEM brands to incorporate connected features and cater to multiple customer segments’ needs,” said Vinay Raghunath, Automotive Sector leader, EY India.
The connected car industry also needs a road map for cybersecurity. The industry is only focussed on multiple aspects of this transformation, which include making connectivity a standard feature as opposed to being an optional add-on.
“As more connected cars are designed, it’s time to see security as a positive business differentiator for car innovation rather than a perceived hindrance. Time is therefore right to seek advice from security experts to ensure that the industry will continue to drive innovation and competitive edge and at the same time ensure that cybersecurity controls are firmly in place,” said Burgess Cooper, Partner, Technology Consulting.
Connected cars are generating an ever-increasing amount of data that is exchanged, processed and stored. This factor leads to a potential rise in the number of attack vectors with personal, financial and car data becoming vulnerable and attractive to hackers. Remotely accessing the critical infrastructure of a highly connected car compromises the safety of the vehicle and its passengers.
Automakers need to adopt a cybersecurity approach that addresses not only the distinct exposures in the car’s software, but also the hidden vulnerabilities which can be targeted.