Lately Volvo showed a system which parks car without driver's help and recognizes objects on a road and properly respond to them. Also Ford and Toyota work about a similar system.
Everything looks excellent but it turns out that hackers do not sleep. The majority of American car manufacturers provide a mobile or Wi-Fi network in their vehicles. Many cars additionally come with built-in software that runs on an operating system in a similar way to phones and computers. Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg, Charlie Miller - a security engineer at Twitter and Chris Valasek - Director of Security Intelligence at IOActive made test how remotely control the steering, brakes and horn of a car using a laptop. As we see, formerly a car thief had to sneak into the car, break a door, start an engine and escape in the car. It was a quite big challenge. Nowadays, if the thief has enough education and a proper equipment the car theft is child's play. The hacker can sit comfortably in a hotel, for example, and using internet can steal a car without any risk and stress.
Now I know who is the main target for car manufacturers. Of course police and car thieves.
Police - it is clear: first - the smart car will inform the police by itself about all breaking traffic regulations made by you; second - the police will get more money from a government for a fight against internet car thievery.
Thieves - they will be able calmly without any stress steal a car using internet remotely control.
To the present stealing cars is risky because the thief can meet an owner of the stealing car and even death of the robber could finish the adventure. In close future it will be different. The cracksman could be thousands kilometers from the place of the robbery and there will be no any risk to meet the owner of the stealing car face to face.
Because of it I love more and more my old car Polonez. It will be never stolen by internet remotely control. Even thieves tried to steal my car in a traditional way. They broke a lock in a door but they had problems with starting an engine so they left my Polonez alone. Additionally my car will never report to the police about my breaking traffic regulations.