Automakers and suppliers in Europe will soon be required to ensure all connected vehicles are protected against cyberattacks to comply with two United Nations regulations.
The new rules on cybersecurity and software updates went into effect for all new vehicle types in July 2022 and will become mandatory for all new vehicles produced starting July 2024.
The rules have already had an effect on the market, serving as a contributing factor to the discontinuation of a low-cost electric minicar.
Volkswagen brand CEO Thomas Schaefer told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche last month that production on the e-Up would end in mid-2024 because of the new rules for cybersecurity.
"To keep it in production we would have had to integrate a completely new electronic architecture," he said. "That would be too expensive. So, it's better to develop a new car right away."
The e-Up full-electric minicar is VW brand's entry EV, starting at 29,995 euros in Germany.