Federal security officials are warning automakers to take steps to safeguard driverless and connected cars from being taken over by terrorists.
Last year, a team of researchers hacked into, and then hijacked, a Jeep Cherokee through its internet hook-ups.
Officials with the U.S. Justice Department say terrorist groups could do the same thing with potentially catastrophic results.
So the government is stressing that Detroit’s Big Three and other automakers must analyze and address any vulnerabilities associated with connected vehicles. And, they say, do it now before any serious security issues arise.
Some experts estimate there will be as many as 220 million vehicles connected to the internet on the roads within the next five years.