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Automotive industry races to address cybersecurity risks

Strict standards needed for next-generation cars to protect consumers against hacking

Harman International engineers work at the company’s lab during an evaluation project for a U.S.-based automaker. (Photo courtesy of Harman International) 

TOKYO -- As automakers rapidly adopt connected and automated technologies, the race is on to protect these vehicles from cyberattacks and computer viruses.

Toyota Motor aims to install connected technologies by 2020 in all its noncommercial vehicles for sale in Japan and the U.S., starting with the new Corolla hatchback and Crown sedan launched in June. With these technologies, vehicles can "communicate" with drivers, theoretically making driving safer and more efficient.

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