Hackers, privacy issues and software flaws could all prove problematic for security conscious motorists if connected cars are widely adopted, a group of experts believes.
In an open letter to the automotive industry, the group - which goes by the name 'I am the Cavalry' - urged manufacturers to address the numerous issues that could arise as a result of their vehicles becoming more tech-oriented.
I am the Cavalry came together at 2013's DEF CON, a hacking conference which has been held in Las Vegas every year since 1993. The idea of its formation was to provide a link between IT security professionals and the consumer manufacturing market.
The group described modern vehicles as "computers on wheels", and said that security measures must evolve accordingly, itpro.co.uk reports
It said: "The once distinct worlds of automobiles and cyber security have collided. In kind, now is the time for the automotive industry and the security community to connect and collaborate toward our common goals."
According to theregister.co.uk, firms are being encouraged to sign up to a Five Star Automotive Cyber Safety Program. Among the five areas detailed are Safety by Design, Third-Party Collaboration and Evidence Capture.
A petition has also been launched on Change.org, with those who want to support the initiative being asked to put their names forward.