The Risks of Connected Transportation

We live in a special time; one where everything and everyone is connected nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your phone can talk to the door bell, the door bell can talk to the speaker in the hallway, you can access tiny, HD video cameras on your phone while laying on the couch as easily as you can between tasks at work. While there's no doubt that this interconnection can be incredibly useful, it comes with drawbacks as well.


One of the more recent developments in the connectivity era is that of internet-capable cars. The ability to track the geolocation of a car from a web browser, check your fuel level, or even make sure your doors are locked remotely are all things that are being included in newer vehicles, with even more feature rich designs coming in the near future. Of course, features are only ever as good as they are secure, and in this case, the Ford Focus EV that came out around 2013 was lacking in this regard. A lessee was able to see information about a car that he had parted with over 4 years ago. Something to keep in mind as we move further and further into connected vehicles.


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