New York — June 30, 2016 — While smart cars are still an evolving technology, the vulnerability of software in motor vehicles has already been much discussed. Recent findings by one firm, SRR, show an increase in software-related recalls, which made up 15 percent of the amount of total auto recalls last year. This was a 10 percent increase within a 4-year period, according to a press release.
Software is just one part of the risks that come with the latest enhanced vehicles, the statement said, following on the developments seen during 2014. One of SRR’s managing directors, Neil Steinkamp, commented on the massive amount of software a car may have, based on the latest advances. He said that the new reality demands an appropriate response from the automotive industry to keep operators safe.
“Today’s cars can contain over 100 million lines of code. For perspective, an F-35 joint strike fighter jet contains about 9 million,” Steinkamp said. “When you have that much software in a car—and particularly when much of that software is relatively new—there are going to be some issues.”
Multiple major manufacturers have received complaints centered around software problems in recent months. According to a J.D. Power and Associates study mentioned in USA Today, 2015 saw a 22 percent increase in vehicle-software-related complaints. Software updates also did not necessarily fix all issues, at least in the case of a navigation system problem the source mentioned.
Between 2014 and 2015, the number of recalls related to software issues rose by 45 percent, the article added. Furthermore, the annual number of manufacturer technical service bulletins concerning software problems numbered 160 for each year between 2011 and 2015.
This is nearly 100 more than the annual number for the four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Volvo recalls were on the list of those most commonly associated with software problems.