"The Connected Car is a good thing. It's going to save lives. Let's get beyond the fear and paranoia,” Freeman said earlier on. The panelists generally agreed, and noted that while it’s highly unlikely at this time that hacking of individual cars is a clear danger, it’s possible that such a thing could happen in the future.
DeMarchis, looking at things from a legislative angle, stated that automative technology is facing many of the same challenges as the Internet of Things, when it comes to legislating and policy making in relation to new technologies. “The more stakeholders there are in Washington, the harder it is to pass a bill,” she said.
Beyond the panels were demos of both the Buick with Carplay technology and a Maserati with an interface power by BlackBerry’s QNX technology.