Members from the House of Energy and Commerce Committee want answers related to possible cybersecurity risks from larger numbers of connected vehicles hitting the road. There will be 250,000 connected vehicles on the road by 2020, according to the Gartner research group.
In a letter that was submitted to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with 17 automakers, committee members want additional information about connected vehicle security.
"Connected cars and advancements in vehicle technology present a tremendous opportunity for economic innovation, consumer convenience, and public health and safety," said the group. "These benefits, however, depend on consumer confidence in the safety and reliability of these technologies."
There is concern that security and privacy are at risk from connected vehicles - including in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspots and software applications - could be hacked from outside sources. While there have been no reported incidents, it remains a controversial topic that will receive significantly more attention moving forward.