How carmakers are banding together to fight hackers

August 24, 2015, 6:29 PM UTC

As automobiles become more connected to the Internet, drivers will become more vulnerable to hackers. That’s why major automakers are teaming up to try and make sure their cars can’t be hacked.

Companies like Ford, General Motors and Toyota are working through the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers to create an Information Sharing and Analysis Center, reports Automotive News. The data-sharing center should be operational by the end of the year, that publication reports.

Computer hackers targeting vehicles have made several big headlines in the past year. Just last month, it was reported that hackers were able to disrupt a Jeep Cherokee being driven by a Wired journalist. In theory, hackers can manipulate advanced car functions like automated parking to affect vehicles’ movement, a potentially massive safety issue.