One option for making auto software safer is to open it to public scrutiny. While this might sound counterintuitive, some experts say that if automakers were forced to open up their source code, many interested people — including coding experts and academics — could search for bugs and vulnerabilities. Automakers, not surprisingly, have resisted this idea.
So much news and scary events lately may help automakers see the value of opening up. They’ve already accepted Open Source software via Linux in IVI, which can potentially be the most secure due to the many eyeballs on the code.