Automated transport risks cyber-attacks and passenger safety, and new criminal offences should be introduced, Kennedys has said.

In its response to the Law Commission’s proposals on Highly Automated Road Passenger Services (HARPs), the international law firm warned of a range of associated cyber-risks including data theft and malware/ransomware attacks.

It even warned of possible state-sponsored attacks blocking Wi-Fi and other communications channels such as GPS to halt a HARPS public transport network in a large city.

The firm said new criminal offences and regulatory regimes will be necessary to deal with cyber-attacks on autonomous public transport vehicles.

Kennedys’ head of corporat...

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