As cybersecurity becomes an increasingly important piece of safety in the 21st century, 17 automakers have agreed to become much more proactive in steps to reduce the possibilities of hacks in their vehicles.
The U.S. Transportation Department has announced General Motors, along with 16 other major automakers, have agreed to new efforts for enhancing safety in vehicles, including sharing information to thwart cyber-attacks on their increasingly wired vehicles, as reported by Bloomberg.
GM, along with Ford and Toyota also agreed to reform the way injuries, fatalities and warranty claims are reported to the U.S. government. The automakers will continue to meet regularly to discuss emerging safety issues, and head off problems before they become major issues.
“Today DOT and the automakers represented here are taking a strong stance in favor of a new approach, an approach that leans heavily on being proactive and less heavily on being reactive,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.
The automakers will also continue to work with the information sharing and analysis center, which was established for the auto industry, and is used to engage researchers to identify new safety threats.
GM CEO, Mary Barra, commented on the announcement and suggested the movement will be seen as a historic one in the future.
“I do think we’ll look back and see this as very historical,” Barra said. “There’s a strong sense of commitment on everyone’s part to focus on safety.”