It’s been more than 20 years that cars have had computers inside of them managing various parts of these huge pieces of machinery that are parts of our daily lives. The computers make things safer, allow the car to put on the brakes before a driver could possibly react. As the computer and car become more and more connected, it becomes more of a possibility that these connected machines could be at risk. GM saw that and reacted by appointing engineer Jeff Massimilla as their chief of cybersecurity.

Why Is GM Doing This Now?

After a year of having to recall millions and millions of vehicles, GM have begun an eight month project to review engineering and product design and a part of that includes improving quality control. With vehicles becoming more and more autonomous, it’s easy to see how a cybersecurity division would be something worth looking into.

When these massive machines that clog our roadways have computer systems that can control everything from the air conditioning to the transmission, it’s important that drivers are safe from potential hackers. This is even more of a possibility as cars become connected to the internet and our mobile networks.

If you look at the technology…as we put semi-autonomous and autonomous systems into vehicles, we have to be able to look at this at a very very critical systems level and do it defect-free for the customer…So that’s the competitive advantage we’re trying to really put in place for General Motors.Mark Reuss, Vice President of Global Product Development

This isn’t totally unprompted on the part of GM, however, with them being on the list of automobile manufacturers who were sent letters from the group of hackers known as “We are the Cavalry” citing them as having very hackable cars. “We Are The Cavalry” urged car makers to implement cybersecurity measures that would keep their drivers, and everyone else on the road, safe.

Say what you want about the American automaker, they have definitely taken a step forward with this decision to make their cars a little safer and secure.

Source: ValueWalk

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Nick Schiwy

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