June 26, 2022

Japanese tech giant Panasonic Corp. announced that it plans to develop a security system for automakers to prevent cyberattacks amid the launch of more vehicles that offer various services via the internet.

According to the electronics company, the upcoming system will see a software installed in internet-connected cars that will be able to detect abnormalities. While dedicated teams at the company and the automakers will monitor the cars around the clock.

Earlier in late October, the company had demonstrated an example of a cyberattack and how it is detected at a mock-up surveillance center set up in Tokyo.

It demonstrated showing a demo car in Osaka to be hit by an experimental remote attack, while the car’s driving wheel quickly then turned to 180 degrees and a warning sound blared out in Tokyo.

The company official added that if the computerized control is taken over during driving, it leads to fatal accidents. And practically, such abnormalities need to be detected at a much earlier phase, whilst also adding that its system is capable of doing just that for the time being.

Panasonic continued to report that the teams are currently expected to cooperate in collecting information and revamping the car system. The installed software when needed to prevent an attack from outside can be updated remotely. And the surveillance center will be able to manage cars both in the country itself and abroad in a unified manner.

According to Fuji Keizai Group Co. research firm in the country, the number of internet-connected cars is expected to increase steadily in 2035 to account for 80 percent of all passenger cars sold globally compared to 34 percent in 2019.

The Japanese government is also reported to be boosting its measures against cyberattacks. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has advised cars with driving control systems that can be updated wirelessly that are to be sold from July next year must undergo thorough screening.

According to the ministry, the evaluation criteria for the above include whether automakers have secured a system to manage cybersecurity and to provide software updates accordingly.