Cars are now computers on wheels, but consumers and regulators alike expect them to be safe.
A major part of equipment comes from different suppliers, who often do not provide any insight into the operation and vulnerabilities of these parts. For a manufacturer, every vendor is a potential vulnerability.
How much and how fast would you pay for a hacker who just hijacked your autonomus car, to let it go? The vulnerability of a car not only poses a difficult situation and new challenges for the actors in the manufacturing supply chain, but also a risk for the end user.
As competition in the automotive industry escalates, scenarios where cyber-attacks are directed to obtain industrial secrets are also possible. As in many other industries, R&D is extremely costly, but the dramatic transformation of the industry means that the stakes are even higher than usual.
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