A survey of British drivers has revealed half have major doubts about how safe technologically enhanced vehicles are. The International Data Corporation (IDC) randomly quizzed a total of 1,072 drivers in the UK and Germany and found that a huge proportion had serious concerns about in-car gadgets like collision avoidance devices, auto-cruise controls and self-parking mechanisms.
Many of the UK respondents told analysts they did believe such equipment was safe from cyber-attack. They said that the lack of effective cyber-security meant there was a distinct likelihood that hackers could take over vehicles connected to the internet.
Security firm Veracode authorised the IDC survey. Broken down into the two countries in which drivers were questioned, 49 per cent of British motorists said they did not trust driver-aid applications and thought they could be hacked.
They also stated that responsibility for car security rests with the manufacturers themselves even if they outsource development and production of aid mechanisms. Veracode commissioned the research in the wake of several incidents involving driverless cars and ones fitted with driver-aid devices.
The most recent incident was just a few weeks ago and saw a prototype Google self-driving car pull out right into the path of a bus while on a road trial in California. Another highly publicised incident last year saw cyber-security experts take control of a Jeep Cherokee while it was being driven at speeds in excess of 70mph on a freeway in the US.