Automated car technology has been booming within the last few years. Companies like Uber and Lyft are currently reimaging the way we look at public vehicle transportation, to many other companies like Google attempting to redefine how we use our vehicles, smart cars have been a talking point for anybody interested in technology. While all of this flashy technology is new and exciting, it does leave a lot of us wondering if smart cars and automated vehicles pose a possible transportation security threat. Read on to learn what automatic smart cars mean for the state and future of transportation security.
Open to Hacking
Smart vehicles are susceptible to being hacked, which is a big problem for transportation security. Hackers have the ability to breach the internal system of smart cars if they’re not protected properly. They could possibly disengage brakes, remove transmissions, and see real-time data of GPS coordinates of smart cars as they’re moving. This can be done through a single loophole in a car’s software. The solution might be a little bit of a trade-off, as smart car manufacturers can bolster security by having a bit more of your information. Take, for example, how Lyft and Uber collect customer GPS information for a few minutes even after their ride is over.
Terrorist and Threat Accessibility
If somebody with the wrong intent gets their hands on a vehicle with no driver and is programmed in a specific way, it might have disastrous results. Terrorists might potentially attach an improvised explosive device, or IED for short, to the underside of a smart vehicle and program it to cause severe amounts of damage to secure facilities and heavily populated spaces. The best way to stop this is through the use of Gatekeeper’s Automatic Under Vehicle Inspection System. Our automatic under-vehicle inspection system is capable of quickly scanning under a vehicle for any anomalies or odd modifications, like an IED, for example. This makes transportation security easy and very stress-free for both the manufacturer and the owner of the vehicle.
A problem that comes along with the many benefits of driverless cars is the process of removing accountability. There is no driver to blame if a problem were to suffice. This can be a serious issue for those of us worried about transportation security. One way to fix this issue is to utilize a license plate reader, which could then be used to figure out who the car is registered to and where it actually came from originally. Swift and extensive license plate reading can be tricky, but our own license plate reader system can scan license plates quickly to provide you or your facility with all the information you want.
Groundbreaking Technologies with Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper Security’s suite of intelligent optical technologies provides security personnel with the tool to detect today’s threats. Our systems help those in the energy, transportation, commercial, and government sectors protect their people and their valuables by detecting threats in time to act. From automatic under vehicle inspection systems, automatic license plate reader systems, to on the move automatic vehicle occupant identifier, we offer full 360-degree vehicle scanning to ensure any threat is found. Throughout 36 countries around the globe, Gatekeeper Security’s technology is trusted to help protect critical infrastructure. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates about our technology and company.