You’ve likely heard about the recent hacking and patching of a GM vehicle utilizing the OnStar RemoteLink app. It was a stark reminder that vehicle hacking is a reality in 2015.
Ironically, Alicia Boler-Davis, Senior VP Global Connected Customer Experience at GM, recently spoke with Jeremy Hobson from Here and Now before the hacking took place (but just after a more aggressive hacking happened to a Wired editor in a Jeep Cherokee). Here and Now is an NPR program, and Boler-Davis was there to discuss vehicle hacking and whether or not GM vehicles are at risk and how it plans to face the problem moving forward.
“At GM we take cyber security very seriously, and we we’re the first automaker to appoint a Chief Product Cyber Security Officer (Jeffrey Massimilla in late 2014), and he leads a global team of professionals and they work across many industries just like you saw in the hack,” said the VP.
Boler-Davis, a seasoned exec with plenty of experience in the spotlight, neatly dodges the question as to whether or not a GM vehicle could be hacked in a similar fashion, but thankfully she does provide some detail into other emerging GM tech like Super Cruise and OnStar Smart Driving Assessment, a new partnership with insurance companies that tracks your driving habits to determine the cost of your insurance plan.
“We allow our customers to opt-in, and we will do a 30-day assessment of their driving habits, and then we’ll have a score based on the performance relative to the aggregated data,” Boler-Davis noted.
Catch all the details on vehicle hacking and Smart Driving Assessment in the full, six-minute interview below.