BlackBerry Working on Software Security System for Cars
Increasing number of cars in the current times have been coming with smart systems, and incorporating autonomous systems. However, at the same time, a major concern that needs to be addressed is the security of these systems since they can be interfered with remotely. BlackBerry Ltd. seems to be working to find a security service to deal with such situations. It has collaborated with around two carmakers for the system that will remotely scan the vehicles for computer viruses or other malicious content. It will then advise the driver accordingly.
The service will be able to install itself on an idle car, and is in testing by Aston Martin and Range Rover, according to Macquarie analyst Gus Papageorgiou.
BlackBerry is looking for ways to boost revenue after losing the market position in the smartphone market, and auto industry seems to be a major area to be filled in.
The service may be launched by the next year as vehicles have increasingly begun to rely on interconnected computer systems that are beneficial from the customer’s point of view. But these systems can be hacked and have their vulnerabilities as showcased by two hacking experts that uncovered vulnerabilities in the Fiat’s Chrysler, leading to a U.S. wide recall of 1.4 million cars.
Such services are required to maintain the safety of the people as well the cars especially when it comes to autonomous vehicles.