Vehicles that use wireless technology have major gaps in security and customer privacy, according to a report about to be released by U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.)
According to the New York Times, the report says that the security measures used in cars are “inconsistent and haphazard.” Perhaps even more troubling is the report’s conclusion that most automakers don’t have the ability to find security breaches or respond when they happen.
“Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyber attacks or privacy invasions,” Markey wrote in the report, according to the newspaper.
The report also found “a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle.”
Markey’s office wrote the report after collecting data from 16 automakers: BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Tesla did not respond to the information requests from Markey’s office.