10 August 2023

Warning that Chinese electric car ‘invasion’ could paralyse Britain

A coming influx of Chinese electric cars represents a security risk as they could be remotely controlled to “paralyse” Britain, according to the head of the industry’s professional body. 

Britons face “major security issues” from Chinese cars, warned Professor Jim Saker, president of the Institute of the Motor Industry

In a report due to be shared with car makers and regulators, Prof Saker said there was “no way” of stopping Chinese cars coming under remote control. 

He said: “The car manufacturer may be in Shanghai and could stop 100,000 to 300,000 cars across Europe thus paralysing a country.”

While regulators can test samples of cars for spyware or other security vulnerabilities, testing thousands of vehicles is not feasible, he said. 


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