The top U.
S. auto safety regulator said the agency would take action to ensure self-driving cars electronically connected to traffic networks and to each other can't be hacked.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland told the Senate Commerce Committee that the agency has asked for $2 million for a new office dedicated to electronic issues.
"NHTSA recognizes the challenge and the growing onboard potential for remotely compromising vehicle security through software and increased onboard communications services," Strickland said. "With electronics systems assuming safety critical roles in nearly all vehicle controls, we are facing the need to develop general requirements."