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Tesla plans to open-source vehicle security software

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Elon Musk believes Tesla’s vehicle security software is the best solution to an increased risk of hacking and plans to open-source it for free to other car makers for a more secure self-driving car industry.

In the past Musk has stated that preventing a fleet-wide hack is Tesla’s top security priority “I think one of the biggest concerns for autonomous vehicles is somebody achieving a fleet-wide hack,” on which he elaborated by saying “in principle, if someone was able to say, hack all the autonomous Teslas, they could – just as a prank – say ‘send them all to Rhode Island’ from across the United States… and that would be the end of Tesla and there would be a lot of angry people in Rhode Island!”

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Last year Musk publicly stated that Tesla’s security effort, related to their vehicles becoming fully autonomous, had developed specialised encryption for multiple sub-systems in the vehicle and that Tesla was developing a mechanism for drivers to always have an overriding authority if their autonomous vehicle ever started doing something ‘wacky’.

Musk now says that Tesla plans to open-source its security software for free to other automakers; open-sourcing should encourage security researchers to help make it even more secure by trying to find new vulnerabilities in the cars’ software.

Written by Barnaby Dracup

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