Car hack is the tip of the iceberg for Internet-connected vehicles in future, warn researchers

"The Internet of Things promises to thrust into the spotlight an issue of liability that software makers have managed to avoid, according to Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Center of Internet and Society at Stanford University law school.

Most people might not think to sue a software maker when a computer crashes, but the odds are high they will when a smart car crashes, Granick said.

"Something that now has software in it but didn't before is going to blow up," added Granick, who gave a keynote presentation at Black Hat.

"Software liability is unavoidable, and it is necessary.""