Supervision from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for refining cyber security in case of a motor vehicle has enticed criticism from officials saying that obligatory security standards were mandatory. Senators Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and Edward J. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who are both affiliates of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said that this new cybersecurity supervision from the Department of Transportation is not very different from a take-home exam on the honor code to failing students. They also said that the cybersecurity, safety, and privacy could not be an afterthought in this era of Internet of Things.
A non-binding guidance to the automotive industry for refining motor vehicle cybersecurity has been rolled out by the NHTSA in the form of a document dubbed “Cybersecurity best practices for modern vehicles” on Monday. In order to inform the consumers regarding how well a vehicle protects the driver, the legislation will also establish a cyber-dashboard or rating system. On July 21, 2015, the Spy Car Act was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and is pending ever since. Vehicle cybersecurity has to be made an organizational priority mentioned the NHTSA in a report to the automotive industry.