The world’s first officially cybersecure vehicle is a motorcycle
As more bikes, cars, buses and vans are connected to the internet, cyber criminals are hacking rider or driver data and can even take over the controls. Some electric vehicles have already been stolen in this way.
A new European directive has said that vehicles homologated from July this year and marketed and sold from 2024 must conform to new cybersecurity standards.
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A new test has been devised by a Spanish company, EurobyCar. Basque company, NUUK has built a motorcycle that passes the new test.
Although motorcycles are not included in this new ruling, it has been recommended that electric bikes are covered as most do have a high level of connectivity.
The NUUK Cargopro is a city slicker with a 6kW motor (8bhp) and fixed batteries. A big ‘boot’, as well as many other accessories, can be added to allow packages and luggage to be carried.
Its makers say it has a top speed of 50mph and a range of 60 miles. The 150kg scooter does pack a 32lb.ft punch, though and is expected to cost close to £4k when it goes on sale later this year.