Mercedes-Benz uses cloud to prevent data hacks on vehicles

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 19, 2014

Out of concern that hackers may breech data security in its connected and self-driving vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is now employing a cloud-computing setup as part of its goal of “making car safe.” Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, head of legal affairs at Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, remarked that the phrase does not only apply mechanical technology but also data security.

Elements of the cloud technology will include allowing vehicle occupants to control how much of their data will be made available to the outside world while on the road. Drivers also could delete information automatically once they leave the vehicle.

Hohmann-Dennhardt remarked that data protection will be important in making customers accept comfort and safety products.

According to Lux Research, technology for autonomous vehicles is expected to become an $87-billion market by 2030, prompting both carmakers and insurers to search for ways to prevent hackers from gaining data access or remotely hijacking vehicles.

Ralf Lamberti, in charge of Daimler's user interaction and connected cars unit, disclosed that computer-specialist contractors had tried but failed to hack a self-driving the S-class's systems over a three-month period. [source: Bloomberg.com]

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