CYBERSECURITY: U.S. DOT, automakers reach cybersecurity agreement on safety

Jan. 18, 2016

U.S. DOT and 17 automakers team up to develop a set of cybersecurity safety principles for vehicles

The U.S. DOT and 17 automakers, including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Co., reached an agreement on vehicle cybersecurity.

Automakers also agreed to reform and improve the way they report fatalities, injuries and warranty claims to the government.

“DOT and the automakers represented here are taking a strong stance in favor of a new approach, an approach that leans heavily on being proactive and less heavily on being reactive,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Working with the information sharing and analysis center, automakers and the U.S. DOT agreed to develop a set of best practices on cybersecurity in order to identify emerging threats.

The automotive effort is based on practices at the Federal Aviation Administration, where airlines participate in a safety management system that has dramatically reduced plane crashes, Foxx said.

Regulators also announced their intention to award approximately $4 billion in grants to fund demonstration projects to help expedited the development of autonomous vehicles. 

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