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Panasonic develops cyber security system for internet-connected cars


Panasonic Corp. is aiming to introduce a security system it has developed for automakers to prevent cyberattacks amid the launch of more vehicles that offer various services via the internet.

The new system will see software installed in internet-connected cars to detect abnormalities and dedicated teams at Panasonic and the automakers will monitor the cars around the clock, the Japanese electronics conglomerate said.

In late October, Panasonic demonstrated an example of a cyberattack and how it is detected at a mock-up surveillance center set up in Tokyo. Once a demo car in Osaka was hit by an experimental remote attack, the car’s driving wheel quickly turned 180 degrees and a warning beep blared out in Tokyo.

The surveillance center will be able to manage cars both in Japan and abroad in a unified manner, the company said. According to research firm Fuji Keizai Group Co., the number of internet-connected cars is expected to increase steadily to account for 80 percent of all passenger cars sold globally in 2035 from 34 percent in 2019.

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