In a bid to make its vehicle security software safer, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is mulling over open sourcing the software to other automakers for a safer self-driving future. Musk recently talked about his plan at a hacker conference in Las Vegas.
“I think one of the biggest concerns for autonomous vehicles is somebody achieving a fleet-wide hack,” he told a private audience at DEFCON, an annual cybersecurity defense conference held in Las Vegas.
Musk later confirmed his plans through a tweet on Saturday, “Great Q&A @defcon last night. Thanks for helping make Tesla & SpaceX more secure! Planning to open-source Tesla vehicle security software for free use by other car makers. Extremely important to a safe self-driving future for all.”
By open sourcing the code for his autonomous cars, Musk said that the company aimed at putting security concerns above worries over protecting intellectual property. “It’s a departure from self-driving competitors that have fiercely protected their intellectual property, often through litigation,” said a CNBC report.
Well, this is not the first time Musk has voiced his concerns about the increasing connectivity in vehicles and how it would make them vulnerable to hacking in the coming years.
Back in July last year, he cited an interesting example to drive his point home: “In principles, if someone was able to say hack all the autonomous Teslas, they could say – I mean just as a prank – they could say ‘send them all to Rhode Island’ [laugh] – across the United States… and that would be the end of Tesla and there would be a lot of angry people in Rhode Island.”