By 2016 most cars will have smart phone integration, according to a new report from Juniper Research, a wireless technology research firm based in Hampshire, U.K. Aftermarket systems offered by companies like OnStar will help grow the sector to $14.4 billion in four years and give 92 million vehicles Internet connectivity.
Editor’s Note: A perfect storm in the making? If we don’t secure the underlying hardware, particularly if it is using 3D IC technology (and it will be in four years) and assembled overseas, we could have a very serious issue on our hands. Hardware backdoors threading messages through the onboard 3G or 4G internet conduit will be difficult if not impossible to observe and/or prevent, particularly if they are embedded within images. Without proper inspection (which does not exist right now) or secure assembly, we have a great path for man-in-the-middle or worse attacks on our cars.