Automation and autonomy are exciting prospects in all sorts of applications, but we do need to be careful about maintaining control when things go wrong. Autonomous cars, drones, and boats are somewhat obvious places where we need to be able to override operations, but your application may warrant a kill switch as well. Be careful to make it sufficiently secure so that nobody can use it against you!
In response to the Consumer Watchdog’s recent report, “Kill Switch: How Connected Cars Can Be Killing Machines and How to Turn Them Off,” two United States Senators are calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to ask if carmakers have reported the cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in their Internet-connected cars. They are also asking what action NHTSA is taking to address this problem. Read the full article to learn more about this issue and the specific questions the Senators have posed to NHTSA.