Connective technologies are now no longer a trend in modern cars but had become the essential part in automotive industry. Significantly, in transportation industry, commercial vehicles such as trucks, lorries, vans and tractors are used to deliver products across the states and countries and thus being equipped with connective technologies helps enhance fleet efficiencies, streamline deliveries, reduce down time, save fuel costs and many more. While this implementation promises high returns, it brings about bigger challenges, cyberattack modus operandi known as automotive hacking. What is the impact of automotive hacking on the transportation industry?
The main implementation of connective technologies in commercial vehicle is telematics gateway unit (TGU). TGU is a component that applies IT and communication protocols to send, receive and store information related to remote vehicles. It involves the transfer of data over a wireless network through the internet that is established using electronic device in vehicle or smartphone. While connective technologies like TGU being beneficial to transportation industry, such that it provides information to truckers and fleet operators regarding platooning, accident avoidance and preventative maintenance, it inevitably makes automotive hacking event into a more critical issues (which in the first place, hold lesser cases cybersecurity concern). Data privacy breach, as we all know, lead to various issues; for instance identity fraud and reputational damage and financial loss. The impact of automotive hacking on the transportation industry is so much more. Automotive hacking exposes numerous information such as governing payroll, delivery schedules, in-truck network and other company’s sensitive information which may cause interruption in delivery service, endangers safety of the road users as well as give opportunity to hackers in crafting a on-size-fit-all attack method that can be used on other commercial vehicles.
Nevertheless, no matter how big is the impact of automotive hacking on the transportation industry, connective technologies are something that cannot be abandoned by the automotive industry as it is a top essential in the industry nowadays in order to meet the consumers demand lists. Importantly, the automotive industry need to include cybersecurity into the built framework to ensure better security in commercial vehicles.
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