John Breeden II is an award-winning journalist and reviewer with over 20 years of experience covering technology and government. He is currently the CEO of the Tech Writers Bureau, a group that creates technological thought leadership content for organizations of all sizes. Twitter: @LabGuys
If you are like me, you probably think the concept of a self-driving car is pretty cool. Let me sleep an extra hour in the back while my vehicle navigates the morning Beltway traffic any day. Tesla Motors is even working to try and make self-drivers look cool.
But while true self-driving cars are likely years away from mainstream use, many motorists may one day be surprised to discover they are already, sort of, driving one right now.
The latest Government Accountability Office vehicle cybersecurity report found that modern cars, especially those made in 2015 or later, are highly susceptible to hacking that could allow for the remote takeover of the vehicle.
The problem, according to the report, is that new systems and features, some of them for safety and some for comfort, are constantly being added to new models.
In 2009, a typical vehicle had about 50 embedded electronic control systems. Today, many cars rolling off the assembly lines have 100 or more. And those systems are increasingly complex, able to communicate with other systems within the vehicle, onboard control computers and even remotely back to data collection servers.
Many of these systems have been put into vehicles with almost no thought about cybersecurity, and…