Daimler Says Connected Vehicles “Will Never Have 100% Security”

Daimler Says Connected Vehicles “Will Never Have 100% Security”

Connected vehicles will never be completely secure against hacking.

Daimler’s director of user interaction, Georges Massing, made that admission in an exclusive interview with TU-Automotive. Massing discussed the development of artificial intelligence for the automotive market. He said system-on-chip and connectivity will be the two primary factors in determining the AI development battle’s victor but warned against total reliance on cloud computing because “100% coverage” and “100% security” will never be attainable. He also predicted market growth for artificial intelligence that can detect a driver or passenger’s current emotional state.

Hardware dependencies

Regarding the development of AI for cars, Massing said “there are a few hardware dependencies that will drive the fastest increase. The first one is how good and well performing the system-on-chip will be. Like Nvidia or Intel or Qualcomm. How well performing are their chips going to be?”

“The better their performance, the higher or the faster you will move. If I give the example of autonomous driving, the faster you can bring some computational power towards those devices and have the human relax is one area. The second area that will have an impact on the introduction of the AI will also be the connectivity area because if you look at it today, I always think of the example of the launch of Tesla’s Model 3. They have all their navigation running completely in the cloud. They get burned because worldwide, you’ll never have full, worldwide 100% coverage and in certain areas, I mean here in Germany, although we are a very dense and industrialized country, you have a very high percentage of regions that are – I won’t say not connected but they’re very badly connected.”


“First of all, you will never have 100% security, regardless of whether it is in the cloud or embedded. A lot of people are already working on this area and it will get better and better. If you have information in the cloud and you cannot have access to that information because you are not connected, then you are in danger. So just imagine, an autonomous driving vehicle in an area without connection and they don’t have an update of the map automatically telling them there is a traffic jam in that area or there is an accident or the road has been closed for the next five hours. So then you just drive the people there and they are stuck. This will be very dangerous.”

“The more you have [software] technologies in the vehicle, the risk increases that the car is hackable. However, it also opens up – and no one is talking about this so openly – the issue that the security technology inside the vehicle and outside the vehicle is increasing in tandem. You have to consider those two parameters in parallel also.”

‘Emotional’ AI

Massing also claimed artificial intelligence that can recognize a vehicle occupant’s emotions and alter in-vehicle conditions accordingly, of the type recently showcased by Kia at the Consumer Electronics Show, would soon become a “huge” segment of the automotive AI market.

“Definitely this is a huge area. It will also have an impact on how the car behaves and on its whole personalization of the driving experience.”

“The future of emotional recognition: this will be one of the aspects of personalization where the in-vehicle tech can give you some suggestions, for driving or otherwise, which are completely related to your current stage of mood. Just as an example, you are driving in the evening and then you just get out of a phone call with a business partner where you were a little bit angry, and with a camera you collect the mood of the passenger when they put down the phone and you just start a massage to cool them down.”





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