Road safety has been a focus of ours for as long as anyone can remember. However, right now it isn’t all up to us anymore. In today’s world we have to base driving on our instincts and the power of our vehicle.
Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is yet another dynamic sector of Internet of Things (IoT), which is expanding vividly. It focuses not only on communication between vehicles themselves (V2V), but also on communication between vehicles and roads (V2R), humans (V2H) and sensors (V2S). These relations gather enormous amounts of data about streets and their surroundings, useful in further development of IoV sector and other IoT areas.
The IoT network is growing and the interconnection between its particular sectors is more and more noticeable.
Since cars are to be treated as sensors and not just the means of transportation anymore – the data they gather comes in handy, for example, while measuring aspects of our everyday lives, like the level of pollution. What’s more, cars, as moving entities, can collect more data than any other devices present in the IoT sector.
Apart from gathering the data, modern vehicles are constantly connected to the Internet, which allows to remotely define one’s licence status, expiry dates of regular check-ups or even legality of the car and its owner. This saves time, reduces management costs and threats connected with thefts.
There is also a matter of safety, since in case of any accident, constant connection may help the driver. All thanks to vehicular global ID (GID) which is a communication network working as a sensor inside a vehicle. Thanks to this solution, online licence plates became a reality, determining the credibility of the car, its position and status, marking car’s online presence.
All of us remember last year’s Jeep Cherokee fail. Taking control over a smart car isn’t difficult for hackers anymore which has become a big threat.
A lot has been already said about the data, but not many of us realise the amounts we are to deal with and the repercussions that may follow. Data gathered from IoV may, for example, result in cyber crimes connected with stealing information or even identities. The more data the car collects, the more hackers rub their hands.
It is undeniable that voluminous amounts of facts and figures gathered thanks to Internet of Vehicles will most definitely help improve many spheres of our lives. However, as smart vehicles have a lot of advantages, they also have vices – they are hackable. That is why, manufacturers must not forget to focus on security, in line with the development of their products. After all, our safety is at stake.