But all of this will be closely watched by hackers, looking for an opening and a potentially large and untraceable payout.
The replacement of mechanical functionality with electronics, and the rising amount of data that will move both in and out of vehicles, will have a big impact on security. The number of possible targets was already large, but it’s growing rapidly.
Automotive designs of the future will include multiple electronic control units (ECUs), advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), machine learning CPUs, 5G and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connections, multiple sensors, infotainment systems, in-cabin artificial intelligence and remote engine starting.
So how exactly should the industry prepare for a potential onslaught of malware and hacking?