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Toyota, Nissan, others tie up to protect cars from cyberattack

Consortium will examine software for security flaws to prevent hacking

A group of 90 companies will look for software vulnerabilities in connected cars as the Japanese transport ministry implements new rules on cybersecurity next year.

TOKYO -- Ninety companies, including Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor, will form a consortium to protect connected cars from cyberattacks, Nikkei has learned.

The companies will check their automotive software for security flaws and share information such as cyberattack trends to prevent hijacking and data theft. Companies are stepping up such efforts as self-driving cars come closer to reality.

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