In a recent announcement by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), it has been revealed that the USDOT would support a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation to have vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) comunication systems become mandatory in all new vehicles over the next several years.

While there are many advantages to this type of technology—which would allow vehicles to provide data to other vehicles about road, weather and traffic conditions that might not be visible to the driver—it also raises an important issues relating to data security and privacy, especially in light of the fact that many auto manufacturers are suggesting to use the existing radio networks and in-car entertainment systems to help facilitate a quicker implementation of this technology.

With this in mind, consumer privacy groups have questioned the capability of automakers to prevent hackers from gaining access to these vehicle networks and potentially manipulating the data to send false alerts to drivers, which may have dire consequences for motorists, their passengers and the public at large.

The upside to this is that these concerns are being addressed by lawmakers—like Mr. Jay Rockefeller, the Senate Commerce Committee Chairman—and are reviewing the systems that are currently in development to help ensure that the networks are secure with the involvement of the private sectors, which many industry pundits believe are the key to making this technology a success.

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back to www.thejusticelawyer.com for the latest updates.