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Preserving Privacy and Security in the Connected Vehicle: The OBDII Port on the Road Ahead, authored by Neil Cawse and Dirk Schlimm of Geotab
OBDII based telematics have become a key driving force in modern transportation and fleet management. Fleet owners and operators, drivers and society at large have benefited greatly from reduced collisions, reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency and overall more productive vehicles. It would be foolish, however, to take these benefits for granted. Cybersecurity threats and privacy concerns are key issues for the internet based economy at-large, and the transportation industry is no exception. In fact, given the leading role transportation plays in commercializing digital innovation, these issues are of vital concern to the industry. Solutions to these concerns are critical to the preservation and ongoing innovation of telematics enabled commercial transportation and fleet management.
From informal exchanges with leaders in the fleet service, leasing, transportation and telecommunication industries, it has become clear that it is time to increase awareness of the issues. There is a need to engage all stakeholders so that a secured and open OBDII port remains the centerpiece of the innovative road ahead.
This white paper intends to place the issues into context, point out risks and opportunities, and call for concrete next steps. While the United States (U.S.) is the primary focus of our examples, we know from our Canadian, European, Latin American, Japanese and other worldwide partners that the issues are of no less concern to them, and we look forward to engaging in a much broader, global dialogue.
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