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Corporate Counsel Taking Note of IoT Risk

In-brief: An article in a publication for corporate legal counsel puts companies on notice about the risks of Internet of Things technologies, citing recent guidance from the FTC. 

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles to Patch Wireless Vulnerability

In-brief: Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to fix a software flaw that leaves the cars vulnerable to wireless hacks that could affect braking, steering and acceleration.

Update: Risk Lurks at Autonomous Driving’s Fuzzy Edge

In-brief: autonomous vehicle makers are looking for ways to manage liability by getting drivers to “OK” autonomous actions. But is that the best approach? 

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Cyber Lemons: Lawsuit alleges Hackable Cars Pose Risks to Consumers

  In-brief: A lawsuit filed in California charges U.S. automakers with endangering their customers by failing to protect ‘connected vehicle’ features from cyber attack. 

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McKinsey: Consumers Want Connected Cars – And Fear Them, Too

The consulting firm McKinsey & Co. has released an interesting report on the future of connected vehicles. But it has some sobering data for car makers: concerns about privacy and the possibility that connected cars could be hacked are major concerns for consumers that could dampen enthusiasm for smart vehicles. The report, “What’s Driving the Connected Car?” finds that connectivity features will be a major driver of car sales in the coming years, with car buyers increasingly accustomed to vehicles that sport sophisticated interactive and networking features. That said: security concerns may hamper the “rapid and broad adoption” of connected vehicle technology. For its report, McKinsey interviewed 2,000 new car buyers in four countries: Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S. The survey found that a quarter of respondents considered connectivity a more important feature than engine power or even fuel efficiency. The firm estimates that connectivity features will become increasingly important selling features […]