United Kingdom

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  • Industry: Automotive, Technology
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 28/05/2014

‘Spam Jams’ could be a hazard for driverless cars 

 

Wil Rockall, director in KPMG’s cyber security team, comments on the news that Google will produce its own fleet of driverless cars.  He highlights that the move could herald improvements in road safety, but warns that the potential for ‘spam jams’ and hacker-driven congestion might affect consumers’ driving experiences.

 

Rockall says: “There is no doubt that self-drive cars are going to become a reality.  The technology is already available and, with test drives showing early signs of success, an unstoppable journey has started on what will become a well-travelled road. 

“There is an almost perfect combination of good reasons for self-drive technology.  Top of the list is safety because humans are unreliable, easily distracted and have vastly slower reaction times than software.  With a computer brain at the wheel, driving will also be more efficient meaning that environmental and economic benefits will quickly be noticed. 

 

“For all the positives, the industry will need to be very alert to the risk of cyber manipulation and attack.  Self-drive cars will probably work through internet connectivity and, just as large volumes of electronic traffic can be routed to overwhelm websites, the opportunity for self-drive traffic being routed to create ‘spam jams’ or disruption is a very real prospect.  Yet the industry takes safety and security incredibly seriously.  Doubtless, overrides could be built in so that drivers could shut down many of the car’s capabilities if hacked.  That way, humans will still be able to ensure their cars don’t route them on the road to nowhere.”


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Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office

020 7311 5271 (t), 07917 384 576 (m) or mike.petrook@kpmg.co.uk

 

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About KPMG

 

KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2013. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.  Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

 

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