Proposed Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Systems Raise Privacy Issues

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) revealed it would support a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems in all new vehicles, implemented over the next several years.

Auto manufacturers are currently pushing to use existing radio networks and in-car entertainment systems to help facilitate a quicker implementation of this technology.

While there are advantages to this type of technology - such as allowing vehicles to provide data to other vehicles about road, weather, and traffic conditions - it also raises important data security and privacy issues. For instance, consumer privacy groups are questioning automakers’ ability to prevent unauthorized access to the vehicle networks. If breached, hackers could manipulate the data or send false alerts to drivers, which may have dire consequences for motorists, their passengers, and the public at large.

Lawmakers, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman including Jay Rockefeller, are reviewing the systems currently in development to help ensure the network security, which many believe are the key to making this technology a success.