The auto world seems hyper-sensitive to hacking these days — and rightly so. Good-guy hackers have exposed numerous vulnerabilities in today’s telematics systems, which could be exploited to frustrate drivers, pilfer personal information about owners, or worse.
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According to analysts Colin Bird and Egil Juliussen at IHS Automotive, the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes”. In fact, they insist that the continued computerization and networking of cars will offer huge benefits for drivers and automakers alike.
How so? Because computerization and networking will allow automakers to fix problems with their cars on the fly via over-the-air (OTA) software updates.