While there have been no reported cases of vehicle hacking, researchers have shown they could take remote control of vehicle functions such as car horns, brakes and power steering.
Rule would require manufacturers to notify consumers of outstanding recalls by electronic means in addition to first-class mail.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is attributing the increase in highway deaths to increased driving due to job growth and cheaper gas prices, in addition to increased driving by young people.
NHTSA head Mark Rosekind said that in order for automakers to reduce 38,000 deaths on roadways each year, they would need to increase the safety of their autonomous cars.
So far in 2016, consumers have filed 202 formal complaints with NHTSA pertaining to software that controls the technology prevalent in vehicles.
The chief architect of Google’s autonomous car program explained during an April 27th forum that state agencies may not have the technological know-how to assess the rapidly evolving technology.
The new push, according to Reuters, comes just as a U.S. House panel was held on April 14th on efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reduce the number of uncompleted vehicle recalls.
NHTSA sought public input on planned guidelines for the safe deployment and operation of automated vehicles.
As part of the meeting, NHTSA is seeking input on planned guidelines for the safe deployment and operation of automated vehicles.
The public service announcement says threat actors can remotely attack a car’s electronic control unit through the use of vulnerabilities in third-party devices connected to the vehicle’s diagnostic ports.
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s Bob Passmore said, “The promotion and expansion of accident avoidance technology is paramount for protecting motorists.”
The meetings, to be held in Washington, D.C., and California, will gather information on a series of issues related to safe operation of automated vehicles as part of NHTSA’s efforts to provide manufacturers with operational guidance.