TOKYO, April 1, Kyodo — Japan’s 10 leading automakers will start sharing cybersecurity information in the development of so-called connected cars, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.
The companies, including Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp., have set up a working group within the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association that will start operating in the near future, they said.
Experts have warned that connected cars, capable of communicating over networks with other vehicles and outside devices, are vulnerable to hacking and experiments have shown that hackers could seize control.
The automakers will share information about past cyberattacks and known software vulnerabilities that could be exploited, they said.
Network connectivity of automobiles is expected to improve road safety, increase traffic efficiency and allow precise navigation, among other benefits, and is a key technology for autonomous vehicles.