Connectivity plays a major part in the developments of the latest infotainment systems. Much like smartphones and other consumer devices, there is a growing expectation that in-car entertainment systems should feature internet connectivity and enable integration with mobile devices. While it has become common for consumer devices to be supplied with built-in security software or the ability to use aftermarket alternatives, few have any expectations for car security beyond alarms and immobilisers. Much like the computers first connected to the internet, current automotive architecture does not contain security measures designed to repel remote infiltration and intrusion. As such, comprehensive in-car connectivity could lead to cyber-attacks that have the potential to range from inconvenient to more serious. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to Robert Boatright, director of Automotive Networking at Harman about what it is doing to counter this.
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