That's easier said than done, though, and the issue is not without its many facets and considerations.
Connected cars are a welcome addition to the roads as long as they meet the safety standards Americans have demanded in their vehicles, said Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who spoke during the keynote session of the Connected Cars USA 2016 forum. Markey has a history of automotive legislation and sits on several relevant subcommittees in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
The senator commissioned about a year ago a report called Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers At Risk (.pdf), which outlines some of the weaknesses automakers still have in cybersecurity. He said a car that can be taken over remotely or otherwise is simply unfit for the road.
"Thieves no longer need a crowbar to break into your car, they just need an iPhone," Markey said. "And they can do much more than open the doors; it's possible for wireless hackers to control the steering, acceleration, and even cut the brakes."