Smart cars

The student research team in the United States has developed a security protocol for protecting from the cyber-attacks where the smart cars are connected with the GPS, Bluetooth and internet connections.

In the year 2015 two researchers remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee and got the control on everything from the car’s radio and media consoles to the car’s steering and brakes.

Shucheng Yu, who is the Associate Professor of Computer Science Department at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) says “These cars have become the trend of the future. There could be some very severe consequences if someone hacked into the car. A car can be fully controlled by the hacker if it is not protected.”

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Yu and his student Zachary King who is junior majoring in computer science at the UALR has developed a security protocol to protect the smart cars from hacking in the project called “Investigating and Securing Communications in the Controller Area Network (CAN)”.

Zachary King built an experimental environment which can simulate the communication system in a smart car and allows the security protocol to be tested through simulations.  “There are many ways that hackers can control CAN,” and he added in a statement.

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King says, “Once they access it, hackers can pretty easily control your car however they want. We are proposing to add a layer of security, so if an unauthorised person accesses it, they still would not be able to control your vehicle.”

The participants were honoured in the month of July during the commencement ceremony at the UALR Engineering and Information Technology Building.